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Canonical picks open-source leader for COO


When Canonical’s, the company behind Ubuntu, CEO Mark Shuttleworth stepped down and former COO (chief operating officer) Jane Silber moved up, there was concern that the popular Linux company might suffer from a lack of corporate leadership. Worry no more. Open source industry veteran and leader Matt Asay has joined Canonical as its new COO.

As the COO, his job will be make sure operational activities match up to the company’s strategic goals and make sure that day-to-day operations go smoothly. Asay will also head up Canonical’s marketing.

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