Max Spevack

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Amazon Web Services

Senior Manager, Linux & Open Source

Jul 2019 -

I lead both the Amazon Linux team (again!) and Amazon's Open Source Program Office.

Google

Senior Manager, Google Compute Engine

Feb 2016 - Jun 2019

I led the GCE engineering teams accountable for:

Customer-facing launches include Skylake and Cascade Lake CPUs, SAP-certified large memory instances (ultramem, m2), Nvidia GPUs (V100, P4 with GRID support, T4), and nested virtualization. The team received four of Google's "Cloud Feat of Engineering" awards for response to Spectre / Meltdown, response to L1TF, nested virtualization, and the SAP-certified large-memory instances.

My mission was building and growing an excellent team to deliver on the scope discussed above. That started with focus on the team members, nurturing their careers and ensuring that they had opportunities and feedback necessary to grow and be promoted. A healthy team enabled customer focus, and I modeled a culture of ownership, precision, transparency, and organization for the team.

The team grew from 7 to 25 engineers and split into 3 distinct sub-teams with a management structure under me. I shepherded 13 engineers successfully through the promotion process.

Amazon Web Services

Manager, Linux Kernel & Operating Systems

Aug 2011 - Jan 2016

As part of the EC2 organization, I led the team accountable for Amazon Linux -- a custom Linux offering available as a public EC2 image and as an internal server OS for both AWS and Amazon's retail business.

The team's primary objective was to build, test, deploy, and support multiple versions of Amazon Linux. This included feature development and integration with EC2, building kernel and userspace packages, security updates, and deploying packages and images. In addition to the OS, the team owned the infrastructure and tooling that allowed us to build packages, compose images, stage repositories, perform automated testing, and gather usage and operational metrics.

I spent about a year simultaneously managing two distinct teams -- the Amazon Linux team discussed above, and the team responsible for qualifications of new EC2 instance types and platforms. During that time, the qualifications team developed tooling, test coverage, and reporting for the T2, C4, and D2 launches. I assisted with the hiring of a manager to transition the qualifications team over to, and I helped with onboarding, training, and a smooth handoff of responsibilities.

In addition to my primary role, I spent 18 months as part of the EC2 Operations team. I was responsible for a weekly summary of all EC2 operational issues including discussion of customer impacting events, status of key metrics, and overall EC2 operational health.

I grew and led teams of 20+ in size, built an organizational and management structure for the team, and shepherded 9 engineers successfully through the promotion process.

Red Hat

Manager, Open Source Community Architecture
Fedora Project Leader

Feb 2008 - Aug 2011
Feb 2006 - Feb 2008

The Fedora Project is a collaboration between Red Hat and a worldwide community of free software contributors. Its flagship project is the Fedora Linux distribution. Fedora also serves as Red Hat's open research and development lab, and is the upstream for Red Hat Enterprise Linux and many other Linux distributions.

As Fedora Project Leader, I was responsible for day to day management of the Fedora Project, including both Red Hat employees and community contributors. This required both individual and team-based leadership in various areas, such as:

After two years as Fedora Project Leader, I led the process of splitting the role into several parts -- a continued Fedora Project Leader role, a new Fedora Engineering Manager role, and a new Open Source Community Architecture team, which I was given the opportunity to lead. This was a global team, the goal of which was to facilitate the highly leveraged growth, development, and success of communities strategic to Red Hat's business and brand. Examples of this included:

A major part of these roles was public communication. I conducted interviews with LWN, Slashdot, and Linux.com. I was twice a guest on the Linux Link Tech Show. I blogged and I gave interviews to various websites. I spoke about the Fedora Project at many events, including keynotes at FUDCon, Ohio Linux Fest, the inaugural Athens Digital Week, and Southeast Linux Fest 2010.

During 2008 and 2009, I lived in Amsterdam for ~18 months while leading Red Hat's community efforts in that region.

Linux Systems Engineer

Aug 2004 - Feb 2006

As a member of the Red Hat Network group, I had a variety of leadership, engineering, and QA responsibilities.

Verisign

Quality Assurance Engineer

Oct 2002 - Aug 2004

Education

BS Computer Science, Stanford University, 2002.