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Markus Rex


With nearly 20 years of open source experience behind him, Rex founded ownCloud, Inc. with community leader Frank Karlitschek and long-time SUSE colleague Holger Dyroff, determined to bring secure file sync and share to business. Rex is responsible for all day-to-day management, yet never misses a chance to go under the ownCloud hood and tinker with fixes and QA.

Throughout his career he was heavily involved in all critical areas of the Linux market, first with SUSE then Novell, including engineering, product architecture, management and marketing, and executive leadership. Prior to ownCloud, he served as senior vice president and general manager of Novell’s SUSE Linux Open Platform Solutions business unit. Previously he held the position of CTO for the Linux Foundation, where he led all technical initiatives and was also the primary technical interface to Linux Foundation members and the Linux Foundation’s Technical Advisory Board which represents the kernel community. He has also served as Novell’s CTO for Linux and in various engineering management roles at SUSE.

Rex is a graduate of the Harvard Business School General Management Program and attended Erlangen University.