Max Spevack

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Red Hat

Manager, Community Architecture Feb. 2008 - present

Reporting to Red Hat's EVP and General Counsel (Michael Cunningham), my team's mission is to facilitate the highly leveraged growth, development, and success of communities that are strategic to Red Hat's business and brand.

I am ultimately accountable for the definition and execution of Red Hat's global community development strategy. I manage a global team and budget, with a focus on articulating and the implementing The Open Source Way in three high-level areas:

As in previous roles, I blog and speak about my work. I gave the keynote in the open source track at the inaugural Athens Digital Week, as well as at Southeast Linux Fest 2010. I was interviewed in advance of my speech at FOSDEM 2009. I have participated in a podcast about open source community management, and given talks at Texas Linux Fest and Chemnitzer Linux Tage. My sessions at Red Hat's new hire orientation consistently receive excellent feedback.

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.

Fedora Project Leader
Chairman, Fedora Project Board
Feb. 2006 - Feb. 2008

Reporting to Red Hat's CEO (Matthew Szulik), I was ultimately accountable for all aspects of the Fedora Project.

The Fedora Project is a collaboration between Red Hat and a worldwide community of free software contributors. Its flagship project is the Fedora operating system, which is used on millions of computers worldwide. 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.

My job included chairing the Fedora Project Board, which is Fedora's executive committee. This Board determines the overall direction of the Fedora Project and provides guidance, leadership, and resources to a wide variety of sub-projects.

Additionally, 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:

A major part of this job was public communication. I conducted interviews with LWN, Slashdot, and Newsforge. I was twice a guest on the Linux Link Tech Show. I blogged (and still do), and I gave interviews to various other websites and contributed articles to Red Hat Magazine.

I spoke about the Fedora Project at many events, including keynotes at FUDCon and Ohio Linux Fest. I also spoke at LinuxTag, FOSDEM, and the Red Hat Summit. Additionally, I gave talks at NC State University and the Shodor Education Foundation.

Quality Assurance Team Lead Jun. 2005 - Feb. 2006
Quality Assurance Engineer Aug. 2004 - Jun. 2005

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

In addition to my primary job responsibilities, I was part of "Brave New World" -- Red Hat's company-wide leadership development program from May 2005 - April 2006.


Quality Assurance Engineer Oct. 2002 - Aug. 2004

As a member of the Security Services group, I worked on the XML Trust Services project -- a "Trust Gateway" designed to protect web traffic according to configurable policies.

I was also on the QA team for the Unified Authentication service, a single, integrated platform for provisioning and managing all types of two-factor authentication credentials.


BS Computer Science, Stanford University, 2002.