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Profiles of JCP EC Representatives

The job of an Executive Committee (EC) representative is a serious commitment. The time required is extensive, and includes reading of specifications, Reference Implementations (RIs), and Technology Compatibility Kits (TCKs), as well as regular attendance at EC meetings and teleconferences to discuss and vote on various technical and process topics. Besides voting on Java Specification Requests (JSRs) at various stages, the EC guides the Program Management Office (PMO) in the evolution of the Java Community Process (JCP) program. EC decisions can have significant, long-term consequences to not only the community, but also in the industry and the market. Still, plenty of JCP participants relish the task of representing a corporation, non-profit, open source group, or themselves.

Geir Magnusson
The Apache Software Foundation (ASF) is a membership-based, nonprofit corporation that provides organizational, legal, and financial support for Java-based, open source software projects. ASF has been a strong member of the JCP program since their initial membership agreement was signed in May 2000. Having been nominated as JCP Member of the Year in 2004, ASF won that distinction in 2005 and 2006. 38 individuals actively represent the ASF by serving on over 30 Expert Groups and implementing JCP specifications through Apache Tomcat, Apache MyFaces, Webservices, and Portlets projects, for example. While serving on the Java SE/EE EC, the ASF has pushed the direction of the JCP program toward collaborative transparency, while maintaining an excellent voting and attendance record.

Before joining Apache and representing the foundation on the Executive Committee, Geir Magnusson Jr held a variety of executive positions in high-tech companies. At one time, he managed a distributed team of developers delivering distributed workflow and notification products to the world's top-tier credit-card and travel services companies, and in another capacity he led the development of Bloomberg's worldwide elementized data distribution system. He is currently a Director of the Apache Software Foundation, as well as the Chairman of the Apache Geronimo project, which he helped found. He holds degrees in Physics and Electrical and Computer Engineering from Johns Hopkins University.

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