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Linux provider bulks up management team, European presence

Feb 25, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — views

A week after naming Russell “Rusty” Harris as its new CEO, MontaVista announced that Art Landro would be promoted to Harris's old position: EVP of worldwide field operations. MontaVista also announced that Hitex Development Tools would be distributing its products in Germany, Switzerland, and Austria.

Landro (pictured at left) fills a position that was held by Harris for a year until he replaced Tom Kelly last week as CEO and President. Prior to joining MontaVista last year as VP, international field operations, Landro had been VP of ESG global accounts for EMC Corporation since 2006. Landro joined the company as part of EMC's acquisition of Documentum, where he was VP of Asia-Pacific operations from 2000 to 2005. Meanwhile, Harris (pictured below) was EVP for worldwide field operations at Documentum from 1999 to 2002.

In the '90s, Landro lived in Hong Kong and Singapore, serving as VP, Asia-Pacific for Cadence Design Systems and before that, as a regional director for General DataComm. He retired from the U.S. Air Force Reserve as a lieutenant colonel and earned a BS degree from the University of Connecticut. He did post-graduate work at the university's MBA program as well as the USAF's Air Command and Staff College.

New CEO Rusty Harris
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Stated Harris, “Art has strengthened relationships between MontaVista and our customers and partners around the world.”

Stated Landro, “Linux is becoming the preferred operating system for embedded development.”

MontaVista expands in Central Europe

Based in Karlsruhe, Germany, Hitex Development Tools will augment the sales, support, and services provided by MontaVista from its Munich office. Hitex, a developer, manufacturer, and distributor of embedded development tools for embedded systems, will sell MontaVista products and offer technical support and professional services, says MontaVista.

Stated Frank Grobe, managing director of Hitex, “We see a growing demand for Linux in our markets, particularly from commercial device designers who need to migrate applications quickly to 32-bit multi-core processors.”

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