ActiveGrid Appoints Chris Keene CEO

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Company founder and former CEO Peter Yared will become CTO and focus on simplifying the development and deployment of rich, interactive Web applications.

ActiveGrid, which provides an SOA platform built on the Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP/Python/Perl software infrastructure stack, has appointed Christopher Keene as chairman and CEO.

Founder and former CEO Peter Yared, who is also a former Sun Microsystems executive, will become chief technology officer and focus on the technology side of the business, especially its mission to simplify the development and deployment of rich, interactive Web applications.

"This is a very positive development. I was the one who instigated the search and found Chris, who is a 24-year veteran of the high-tech industry. I will now focus on our technology and selling as CTO. Scaling up an enterprise software business is not one of my core competencies," Yared told eWEEK.

Keene comes to ActiveGrid to drive growth as Web 2.0 technologies continue to bring dramatic changes to enterprise computing.

"Leading-edge Web applications like Yahoo and Google are very different to the Web applications built 10 years ago, yet the tools corporate developers are using to build their applications by and large have not changed over the last 10 years," he said.

Read more here about how ActiveGrid delivered new versions of its open-source-based service-oriented application platform.

"I believe that corporate developers are looking for a new generation of tools that radically simplify the development of corporate Web applications," Keene said.

Under Yared's watch, ActiveGrid has helped introduce technologies like lightweight architecture and lightweight integration to the enterprise.

"As a result, organizations have reduced their backlog of integration projects to allow [their] top people to focus on their core business challenges. It is our goal to stay on the leading edge of providing customers with the speed, ease and cost-effectiveness of Enterprise Web 2.0. I am personally excited to focus even more energy on ActiveGrid's customers and technology," Yared said.

Yared was also one of the most vocal critics of Sun's decision not to open-source Java until the company finally agreed to do so last May.

In March 2006, he posted an open letter to then Sun president and chief operating officer, on his Weblog, asking for some clarity on the company's open-source software strategy and questioning why it was fine for Sun to open-source Solaris and StarOffice but not Java.

For his part, Keene founded Persistence Software in 1991, a company that created a new approach for managing data in high-transaction banking and communications systems. The company was listed on the Nasdaq stock exchange in 1999 and then sold to Progress Software in 2004.

After the sale, Keene spent a year in France as chairman of Reportive Software, a Paris-based maker of business intelligence tools, and as an adjunct professor at INSEAD, a graduate business school.

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Peter Galli has been a financial/technology reporter for 12 years at leading publications in South Africa, the UK and the US. He has been Investment Editor of South Africa's Business Day Newspaper, the sister publication of the Financial Times of London.

He was also Group Financial Communications Manager for First National Bank, the second largest banking group in South Africa before moving on to become Executive News Editor of Business Report, the largest daily financial newspaper in South Africa, owned by the global Independent Newspapers group.

He was responsible for a national reporting team of 20 based in four bureaus. He also edited and contributed to its weekly technology page, and launched a financial and technology radio service supplying daily news bulletins to the national broadcaster, the South African Broadcasting Corporation, which were then distributed to some 50 radio stations across the country.

He was then transferred to San Francisco as Business Report's U.S. Correspondent to cover Silicon Valley, trade and finance between the US, Europe and emerging markets like South Africa. After serving that role for more than two years, he joined eWeek as a Senior Editor, covering software platforms in August 2000.

He has comprehensively covered Microsoft and its Windows and .Net platforms, as well as the many legal challenges it has faced. He has also focused on Sun Microsystems and its Solaris operating environment, Java and Unix offerings. He covers developments in the open source community, particularly around the Linux kernel and the effects it will have on the enterprise.

He has written extensively about new products for the Linux and Unix platforms, the development of open standards and critically looked at the potential Linux has to offer an alternative operating system and platform to Windows, .Net and Unix-based solutions like Solaris.

His interviews with senior industry executives include Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer, Linus Torvalds, the original developer of the Linux operating system, Sun CEO Scot McNealy, and Bill Zeitler, a senior vice president at IBM.

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