Max Spevack

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Amazon Web Services

Manager, Linux Kernel & Operating Systems Aug. 2011 - present

The Amazon Linux AMI is Amazon's public-facing Linux offering for use in EC2. Someday when I have time, I will add more details.

Red Hat

Manager, Open Source Community Feb. 2008 - Aug. 2011
Fedora Project Leader 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 general 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 team, which I was given the opportunity to lead. The Open Source Community team 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 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 about eighteen months while leading Red Hat's community efforts in the EMEA region, in addition to my other leadership responsibilities.

Linux Systems Engineer Aug. 2004 - Feb. 2006

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


Quality Assurance Engineer Oct. 2002 - Aug. 2004

As a member of the Security Services group, I worked on the "XML Trust Gateway" designed to protect web traffic according to configurable policies. Later, I was on the QA team for the Unified Authentication service, a platform for provisioning and managing two-factor authentication credentials. This was a long time ago, but primary duties were:


BS Computer Science, Stanford University, 2002.