'SUSE is one of the oldest open source companies and the first to
market Linux for the enterprise. Even though it has undergone several
acquisitions and a merger, it remains a strong player in the business.
It has maintained its integrity and core values around open source. It
continues to rely on its tried-and-tested Linux business and European
markets, and generally shies away from making big moves taking big
SUSE appointed Melissa Di Donato as its first female CEO. She is
making some serious changes to the company, from building a diverse
and inclusive culture to betting on emerging technologies and taking
Soon after taking the helm last year, Di Donato spent the first few
months traveling around the globe to meet SUSE teams and customers and
get a better sense of the perception of the market about the company.
Just like Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst, Di Donato didn’t come to the
company from an open source background. She had spent the last 25
years of her career as a SUSE customer, so she did have an outsider’s
perspective of the company.
“I am not interested in what SUSE was when I joined. I am more
interested in what we want to become,” she said.'
Dept. of Computer Science
University of Waikato, NZ
+64 (7) 858-5174