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Leadership

Board of Directors

David Burdett, SAP AG

David Burdett is SAPs member on the WS-I Board and past-chair of the Sample Applications Working Group. He is an architect in the SAP Industry Standards Group focusing on vertical industry standards, SOA and the application of web services to business integration. Prior to joining SAP, David worked for Commerce One in architecture and product management roles. Before that he worked for a smart card company on using electronic cash on the internet and for over 20 years with several management consultancies including Ernst & Young. David has been extensively involved in Web services, architecture and standards since 1996 including editor of the first ebXML Messaging specification. He also publishes articles and presents regularly.

David is a British citizen who lives in the bay area and holds a Bachelors Degree in Physics from Leeds University and a Masters Degree in Computing Science from Bradford University, both in the UK.

Contact David at david.burdett@sap.com.


Michael Champion, Microsoft

Michael is a Senior Program Manager in the Developer and Platform Evangelism Interoperability Group. Michael came to Microsoft in 2004 to work in the XML libraries product team in the SQL Server organization. Since 2007 he has worked in the Web Services Standards and Partners team, supporting partner relationships and standards governance work. Prior to his employment at Microsoft, Michael had 25 years of experience in the computer industry, working as a software engineer, software project manager, and program manager, focusing on XML and Web standards for the last decade. He has a Bachelor of General Studies degree from the University of Michigan, and followed up with graduate work in statistical and computer modeling of international conflict.


Mike DeNicola, Fujitsu

Mike is the director of industry relations at Fujitsu Software, working directly for the strategy and technology division of Fujitsu Limited in Japan. As such, he represents Fujitsu in a variety of software industry consortia and standards organizations. Mike is on the board of the Object Management Group (OMG) and is a member of the OASIS UDDI Member Section Steering Committee. He also represents Fujitsu on the JCP SE/EE Executive Committee. Mike is active in several working groups and committees within these organizations and currently serves as treasurer and chair of the WS-I Liaison Committee.

Mike began his career at IBM, working both in its U.S and world trade organizations. Throughout his many years in the industry, Mike has held a wide range of technical, management and executive positions, including vice president of software development and a member of the Board of Directors at both UniSoft and Fujitsu Software. Previously, Mike was vice president of engineering for HAL Computer Systems, a wholly owned Fujitsu subsidiary.

Mike graduated from Cornell University with a degree in Electrical Engineering and has a Masters equivalent from Cornell.

Contact Mike at mdenicola@us.fujitsu.com.


Joel Fleck, Hewlett-Packard

Joel is an Architect in the Advanced Technology Office of HP's Software Global Business Unit, responsible for developing strategic architectures for communications industry management sollutions and associated standards. As part of this role, he works with the Telco Blade Business Unit, the OpenCall Business Unit and the Network Service Provider Business Unit (NSPBU). Joel is a director of the TMForum and a chair of many of its Technical Committees. In recognition of his significant contributions to the telecommunications industry, he was named a Distinguished Fellow of the TMForum. Prior to joining HP in 1993, Joel worked for sixteen years at Bell Laboratories and Bellcore on the design of distributed management systems and analysis systems.

Joel holds a Masters from the University of Michigan with an emphasis on large-scale distributed systems design.

Contact Joel at joel.fleck@hp.com.


Steve Holbrook, IBM

Steve is a program director for emerging software standards at IBM. He has recently been elected to serve a third two-year term on the W3C's Advisory Board, where he also serves as IBM's W3C Advisory Committee (AC) representative. Working in the Software Standards Organization inside IBM's Software Group (SWG), he helps manage IBM's involvement in key standards bodies - focusing on SOA, Web services and XML foundation technology. This consists primarily of coordinating with ACORD, DMTF, GGF, GS1, HL7, IETF, JTC-1, OAGI, OMG, RosettaNet, The Open Group and others. He joined IBM in September 2000 as the technology evangelist for Web services, helping to introduce this popular movement to the industry and encouraging strong world uptake. In January, 2002, Steve turned his focus to standards development.

Prior to joining IBM, Steve worked at Novell for fifteen years as a leader and advocate for the support of third-party developers. As Novell's key Java strategies from 1996 to 2000, he helped to lead the 'blue ribbon' group (including IBM, Oracle, HP, Apple and BEA) working with Sun to reshape the Java Community Process to improve licensee representation and to establish the Executive Committee. From 1999-2000, Steve served as Novell's W3C AC Representative and OASIS Representative.

Steve studied Computer Science at Brigham Young University.

Contact Steve at shh@us.ibm.com.


Girish Juneja, Intel

Girish is a director of XML and SOA products in the Software and Solutions Group at Intel. Girish has more than fifteen years of experience in the technology industry, with extensive product management, product strategy, engineering management and technology marketing expertise. Prior to assuming his current role, Girish was a founder of Sarvega, Inc., a SOA infrastructure company that was acquired by Intel. At Sarvega, Girish led the engineering and customer services organizations to develop Sarvega's industry leading core XESOS technology and XML networking products. Before co-founding Sarvega, Girish held senior technology and management roles at Thomson Financial Services, Verizon and MCI Telecommunications.

Girish has an undergraduate degree in Electrical and Electronics Engineering from the Birla Institute of Technology and Science, India, an MS in Computer Science from the University of Maryland and an MBA from the University of Chicago.

Contact Girish at girish.juneja@intel.com.


Jeff Mischkinsky, Oracle

Jeff is the director of Web services standards and a consulting member of technical staff for Oracle Corporation. Jeff is currently responsible for coordinating Oracle’s Web services standards efforts. He has over twenty years of development and standards experience in the database and distributed application fields. Jeff is chair of the WS-I Technical Coordination Group and serves on the board of directors of OASIS and on the Advisory Committee of the W3C.

Contact Jeff at jeff.mischkinsky@oracle.com.


Prasad Yendluri, Software AG

Prasad Yendluri is Vice President and Deputy CTO in the office of the CTO at Software AG (formerly webMethods, Inc.). In his role at Software AG, Prasad is responsible industry standards involvement, oversight and related product strategy. Prasad had been involved in several standards bodies, including W3C, OASIS, WS-I, OMG and JCP, both as administrative member contact as well as active member and editor of several SOA works including the WS-Policy, WS-Addressing, WSDL 2.0, WS-BPEL 2.0, WS-I Basic Profiles and expert member of several JAX-* JSRs.

Prasad is co-author of several specifications, including WS-MetadataExchange and WS-Discovery, and he has published numerous technical articles in several Web services journals. He is a significant contributor to UDDI v2.0 and ebXML messaging service specifications and a lead architect and co-author of the RosettaNet Implementation Frameworks 1.1 and 2.0 specifications.

Prasad holds a Master of Science in Computer Science from the University of Louisiana and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Madras Institute of Technology.

Contact Prasad at prasad.yendluri@SoftwareAG.com.


Working Group and Committee Chairs

Paul Cotton, Microsoft - Chair, Basic Security Profile Working Group

Paul is Director of Web Services Standards Strategy at Microsoft. He works with the Windows Communication Framework Web services team at Microsoft’s headquarters in Redmond.  Prior to joining Microsoft in 1990, Paul was a senior technical staff member with IBM Canada.

Paul has been active within the W3C XML Activity since 1998 and has been the chairman of the W3C XML Query Working Group since it was formed in 1999. Paul was elected to the first W3C Technical Architecture Group (TAG) in December 2001 and re-elected for a two-year term in January 2003. Paul has more than thirty-two years of experience in the IT industry and has been working on query language and Web standardization for fifteen years.

Paul holds a M. Math from the University of Waterloo.

Contact Paul at pcotton@microsoft.com.


Bob Freund, Hitachi - Chair, Reliable Secure Profile Working Group

Bob represents Hitachi Ltd. in several Internet-related activities and is CEO of Quadrasis, Inc. Bob has more than thirty-five years of computer industry experience in hardware, software and systems. His electronic engineering accomplishments include the invention of signature transducers used for an Air Force security system, the design of disk controllers, electronic toys for Creative Playthings and IBM-compatible mainframe processor micro-code and channel subsystems. Several patents were awarded in conjunction with this work.

His commercial systems experience includes the creation of experimental distributed back-office banking systems for Citicorp, an order processing system for Waldenbooks, telecommunications systems for Exxon, Continental Grain, and The Trane Company, and a building control system which met the needs for fire security in high-rise commercial buildings in New York City.

Prior to forming Quadrasis, Bob was responsible for operations at the Software Development Division of Hitachi Computer Products, (America) Inc. from 1988 through 2003. At National Semiconductor from 1978 to 1988, he was responsible for the Microprocessor Group's software business unit, which included a Unix operating system development group, compiler and tools group, and a line of microcomputer instrumentation products.

Bob attended the Brooklyn Polytechnic Institute and the Rochester Institute of Technology.

Contact Bob at bob.freund@hitachisoftware.com.


Ram Jeyaraman, Microsoft - Chair, Basic Profile Working Group

Ram currently works as a technical diplomat in the Windows Communications Framework Web Services team at Microsoft. Prior to joining Microsoft in 2005, Ram worked at Sun Microsystems where, for nine years, he served as a specification lead for J2EE Connector Architecture and Java Transaction API. Ram holds a Masters degree in Computer Science from University of Manitoba, Canada.

Contact Ram at ram.jeyaraman@microsoft.com.

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