Board of Directors

  • Artem Ikoev, Chair


    Artem Ikoev is co-founder and technology visioner of YADRO Company. Artem serves the role of CTO and he is responsible for company technology strategy and product development. He manages software & hardware engineering and product teams in total of 160+ employees and demonstrates strong leadership and encourages talents for continuous technology disruption. Prior to YADRO Artem held a number of technical & business development positions in international companies with overall 20 years industry experience.

  • Michelle Rankin, President


    Michelle Rankin is currently Director of OpenPOWER in IBM Cognitive Systems. Previously, Michelle was the Director for the Linux Technology Center and Platform Management Development. In her 20+ years at IBM, she has held a variety leadership and management positions in IBM across WebSphere, Rational, Cloud and Systems. She has a passion for mentorship and supporting career growth particularly for women and the diversity population. Michelle also served as IBM’s Executive Campus Engagement Leader for University of Texas at Austin where she graduated with a Computer Science degree.

  • CJ (Chris) Johnson, Director


    Chris Johnson joined the Google Platform team in 2005 to lead the Google advance to customer server and storage solutions. Chris currently runs a Component and Technology team, with the responsibility for design and collaboration on technology including processors, memory, accelerators and interconnect fabrics. Prior to Google, Chris worked at Cobalt Networks and Sun Microsystems as the Chief Architect for the Cobalt division, and had engineering roles in massively parallel operating systems at nCUBE, and hardware implementation of TCP/IP at Protocol Engines.

  • Jimmy Zheng, Director

    Inspur Electronics Information Industry Co., Ltd.

    Jimmy Zhang has been working for Inspur about 10 years as a system engineer lead and localized server product manager. With his efforts, Inspur’s first OpenPOWER server product P820 was successful launched and achieved an initial success in China market. Now he is leading the OpenPOWER Server planning team at Inspur and is committed to expanding OpenPOWER market share with partners.

  • Mike Diamond, Director


    Michael Diamond is Sr. Director of Strategic Marketing at NVIDIA. He was Vice President of Operations for Intensys, a Graphics Processor company, before joining NVIDIA in 2001. Mr. Diamond is a founder of the OpenPower Foundation and serves on its Board of Directors, served as its Vice President and Treasurer, serves on the OpenCAPI and PCI SIG Board of Directors, served on the PC Gaming Alliance Board of Directors, and has authored or co-authored 71 patents. He holds a B.S.E. degree from California State University Northridge, an M.S.M.E. and M.B.A. from the University of Southern California, and attended Executive Management programs at Caltech and MIT-Sloan.

  • Timothy Pearson, Director

    Raptor Computing Systems

    Timothy has worked in multiple areas of high performance systems design over the past 15 years, from hardware / firmware to kernel and application development, with a strong emphasis on open solutions and system security. In his time at Raptor he has been heavily involved in the inception and creation of the Talos and Blackbird lines of secure, owner-controlled OpenPOWER machines, along with the FlexVer remote attestation technology.

  • Sameer Shende, Director

    University of Oregon

    Sameer Shende serves as the lead developer of the TAU Performance System, Program Database Toolkit (PDT), HPCLinux, and Extreme-Scale Scientific Software Stack ( His research interests include performance instrumentation, measurement, and analysis tools for HPC. He has extensive experience working on the OpenPOWER platform. He has recently been appointed the Level 4 lead for the Exascale Computing Project (ECP), Programming Models and Runtime (PMR) SDK area at the University of Oregon where he is leading the effort to provide ECP Software Technology (ST) products in a container environment for HPC. He has served as the the chair of the Performance Measurement, Modeling, and Tools track at SC17 and the co-chair for the technical program at the ICPP 2017 conferences.

Executive Director

  • Hugh Blemings, Executive Director

    OpenPOWER Foundation

    Hugh has had a long standing association with Free and Open Source Software, Open Hardware and POWER. His career has spanned everything from Linux kernel development to engineering team management, electronics design to product management at the likes of IBM, Canonical and Rackspace. He has previously served as President on the Council of Linux Australia and on the Linux Foundation's Technical Advisory Board. As a full time employee of the OpenPOWER Foundation, Hugh works with the Board of Directors to build the visibility of OpenPOWER Members and their solutions as well as the Foundation itself; grow Foundation membership and engagement and build the OpenPOWER User community and associated ecosystem.

Board Advisors

  • Gordon MacKean, Board Advisor


    Gordon retired from Google in 2016 as the Senior Director leading the team responsible for the design and development of the IT infrastructure used in Google datacenters. Gordon is one of the founding members and continues to serve as Board Advisor to OpenPOWER Foundation. He received his degree in Electrical Engineering from Carleton University. During his tenure at Google his team led the introduction of many game changing technologies into Google's datacenters culminating with the introduction of the Tensor Processing Unit [TPU]. Prior to Google Gordon held a variety of design and leadership roles in network product development with companies including Extreme Networks, Matisse Networks, and Nortel Networks.

  • Brad McCredie, Board Advisor


    Dr. Bradley McCredie is an IBM Fellow, Vice President of IBM Power Systems Development and Board Advisor to OpenPOWER Foundation. Brad first joined IBM focusing on packaging for IBM’s mainframe systems. He later took a position within the IBM Power Systems development organization and has since worked in a variety of development and executive roles for POWER-based systems. In his current role, he oversees the development and delivery of IBM Power Systems that incorporate the latest technology advancements to support clients' changing business needs.