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Gerald Pfeifer

As CTO Dr. Gerald Pfeifer leverages his deep understanding of infrastructure software, Open Source ecosystems, and respective business and technology aspects to help articulate, drive, and promote SUSE's technology vision, engaging with customers, partners, and Open Source communities all along the way.

VP Products & Technology Programs until 2019, Dr. Pfeifer drove the transformation of the SUSE portfolio from the world's first Enterprise Linux distribution to software-defined infrastructure including OpenStack cloud, Ceph storage, and networking solutions plus container-based application delivery around Kubernetes and Cloud Foundry. He also led partner-facing engineering teams, and in the early days served as project lead for Enterprise Linux and helped create SUSE's first offering for developers in 2004.

He has a long history in infrastructure and Open Source software and still contributes to key projects such as the GNU Compiler Collection and Wine. Before joining SUSE in 2003 he was Senior Researcher at C.I.E.S./University of Calabria, Italy, and Assistant Professor at Vienna University of Technology, Austria, where he received his doctorate and equally enjoyed research and teaching.