François has more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry. He started his career as a developer and project manager for a large IT organization, then went on to co-found a UNIX VAR business in 1988. In 1994, after four years at KPMG's IT consulting practice in Paris, he joined Sun Microsystems' new professional services business unit in France, managing it from 1999 to 2002. He went on to create Mapics' professional services operations -- now part of Infor -- in EMEA. He joined JBoss in 2005 to launch its services and support activities in EMEA. After Red Hat's acquisition, he moved to Red Hat's headquarters in Raleigh, North Carolina. From Raleigh, he managed worldwide support for JBoss, then launched Red Hat's worldwide partner support program for both the Linux and JBoss businesses. François is now based in New York.