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Cloud Foundry Foundation Names Three New Directors to its Board

SAN FRANCISCO — February 28, 2017 — Cloud Foundry Foundation, home of the industry-standard platform for cloud applications, today announced three new members of its Board of Directors: Allianz Germany Chief Information Officer Dr. Andreas Nolte; SUSE CTO Thomas Di Giacomo; and VMware Vice President and General Manager Paul Fazzone who was elected as treasurer.

“The purpose of Cloud Foundry and, by extension, our board is to represent as fully as possible the users, the builders and those that deploy Cloud Foundry,” said Abby Kearns, Executive Director, Cloud Foundry Foundation. “Andreas, Thomas and Paul each add unique perspectives that I know will prove invaluable to our mission.”

As Chief Information Officer for Allianz Germany, Dr. Nolte leads 1,250 employees. He is also a member of the management board of AllSecur (Allianz’s direct insurer) and AMOS SE (Allianz Managed Operations Services SE). He holds a diploma in Mathematics and a PhD in Computer Science, both from University of Cologne, where he was a scholarship student of the Konrad-Adenauer-Stiftung. After finishing his PhD, Dr. Nolte attended Yale University and Carnegie Mellon University as a post-graduate in Computer Science.

As CTO, Dr. Di Giacomo drives the rapid innovation and growth of SUSE’s expanding portfolio from the enterprise Linux operating system to software-defined solutions such as the OpenStack cloud infrastructure, Ceph-based storage and software-defined networking, as well as container orchestration and Platform as a Service solutions. Dr. Di Giacomo has more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry, serving in various global leadership roles in engineering and product innovation, with expertise in open source platforms, software development, and support of global information systems and technologies applied to various industries such as telecommunication, hospitality and healthcare, including his time as CTO at Swisscom Hospitality.

Fazzone is VP/GM of VMware’s Cloud Native Applications business unit, responsible for the company’s container and application modernization strategy, including open source. With more than 15 years experience building and implementing data center virtualization, networking and security solutions, Fazzone has led global product teams to deliver industry’s leading network virtualization and cloud infrastructure products. In his current role, Fazzone also leads VMware’s open source container initiatives such as Photon OS, Photon Controller, Lightwave and Harbor, providing developer communities with cloud-native software and tools.

Cloud Foundry is an open source technology backed by the largest technology companies in the world, including Cisco, Dell/EMC, Hewlett Packard Enterprise, Google, IBM, Pivotal, SAP and SUSE, and is being used by leaders in manufacturing, telecommunications and financial services. Only Cloud Foundry delivers the velocity needed to continuously deliver apps at the speed of business. Cloud Foundry’s container-based architecture runs apps in any language on your choice of cloud — Google Cloud Platform (GCP), Amazon Web Services (AWS), Microsoft Azure, OpenStack, VMware vSphere, SoftLayer and more. With a robust services ecosystem and simple integration with existing technologies, Cloud Foundry is the modern standard for mission critical apps for global organizations.

In June, Cloud Foundry Summit Silicon Valley will focus on microservices and continuous delivery in all languages and frameworks. This year, more than 3,000 attendees are expected to attend. Last year’s event showcased information from innovators and technical leaders at companies including Allstate, Comcast, Volkswagen and others. Organizers are seeking speaking proposals on best practices and tips implementing microservices in cloud environments using various languages including Java, Javascript, Ruby, Node.js and Golang as well as Cloud Foundry user stories from the developer perspective. Those interested in attending may register here.

About Cloud Foundry Foundation

The Cloud Foundry Foundation is an independent non-profit organization formed to sustain the development, promotion and adoption of Cloud Foundry as the industry standard platform for cloud applications. Cloud Foundry makes it faster and easier to build, test, deploy and scale applications. Cloud Foundry is an Apache 2.0 licensed project available on Github: To learn more, visit:

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