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New MontaVista CEO: steady as she goes

Feb 20, 2008 — by Eric Brown — from the LinuxDevices Archive — 1 views

In an interview with LinuxDevices, MontaVista's new president and CEO Russell “Rusty” Harris said the company expects growth in a diverse array of markets, not only carrier-grade and mobile segments. Yet in the mobile space, he also hinted at a possible involvement with Google Android.

Harris was named CEO yesterday after Tom Kelly, who had held the position for two years, announced he was taking over as CEO at web services firm Epicor. There was no bad blood involved in Kelly's departure, said Harris, (pictured above) who joined MontaVista in 2006, and who was promoted to EVP of worldwide field operations in February 2007. In fact, Kelly will continue on as chairman of the board at MontaVista, one of the top two Linux tools and operating system firms, along with Wind River.

In the interview, Harris and MontaVista Founder Jim Ready discuss a range of topics, including:

  • Tom Kelly's departure
  • Company progress during over the past year
  • MontaVista's strategic road forward
  • MontaVista's licensing, products, and service/revenue split
  • High-potential growth areas for embedded Linux
  • The role of Android, the OHA, and LiMO
  • Nokia's acquisition of Trolltech
  • Organ synthesizers

Click below to read the full interview.

Executive Interview: MontaVista CEO Rusty Harris

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