Board of Directors
Ian Murdock—Chairman and Founder
As Chairman and founder of Progeny, Ian Murdock remains involved in defining Progeny's technology and business strategies and in establishing key relationships with customers and partners. Ian co-founded the company in November 1999; he served as President and Chief Executive Officer until August 2001 and Chief Strategist through 2005.
Ian has more than 10 years of experience in the software industry. He played an instrumental role in the transition of Linux from hobby project to mainstream technology by creating Debian, one of the first Linux-based operating systems, called distributions. Ian led Debian from its inception in 1993 to 1996, building it from an idea to a worldwide organization of more than 100 people in less than three years. Today, Debian is one of the most popular Linux platforms in the world, with millions of users worldwide. Debian is also widely considered one of the most successful and influential open source projects ever launched: More than 1,000 volunteers in all parts of the world are currently involved in Debian development, and the founding document of the open source movement itself was originally a Debian position statement.
An Indiana native, Ian holds a BS in Computer Science from Purdue University. He was a founding director of Linux International and the Open Source Initiative and is currently the elected chair of the Linux Standard Base workgroup and Chief Technology Officer for the Free Standards Group.
With more than 20 years of corporate financial experience, Bern Galvin has held positions ranging from financial controller to CFO. In the past 10 years he has acted as a consultant for companies that are underperforming, transitional, in an out-of-court workout mode, or in Chapter 11 reorganization proceedings. Bern's services include viability analysis, liquidation analysis, organizational restructuring, expert witness testimony, due diligence in acquisitions, and results monitoring. He has worked with commercial banks, unsecured creditor groups, and the owners and managers of underperforming companies.
Bern now specializes in helping startup companies, particularly in the technology sector, and has founded, structured, and secured financing for several companies.
Bern attended college on a full academic scholarship, graduating from the University of New South Wales with degrees in finance and law. He was admitted to the New South Wales bar as a barrister in 1979.
Ransom has more than 20 years of experience in the information technology industry. In 1994 he founded Caldera, one of the first companies focused on bringing Linux to the enterprise. He led Caldera through a remarkable period of growth, making strategic acquisitions such as Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), raising more than $130 million in capital, and taking the company public in 2000. In 2002, he was the catalyst behind the creation of UnitedLinux—an alliance of leading Linux companies—whose goal was to create an enterprise-class, industry-standard Linux operating system. His wide-ranging experience also includes product management positions at Novell and Sanyo Icon.
Ransom holds an Executive MBA and a BA in International Relations from Brigham Young University.
Thomas E. O'Hern—Director
Thomas O'Hern is Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer, and Treasurer of The Macerich Company, a NYSE Company, where his overall responsibilities include accounting, financial and tax reporting, investor relations, raising capital through debt and equity markets, and management information systems. He has more than 16 years of experience in retail real estate and real estate–specific public accounting, and is a Certified Public Accountant. Prior to joining The Macerich Company, he held the position of CFO with Sierra Pacific Properties, Inc., owners and developers of commercial real estate, primarily retail properties. Prior to his career in the real estate business, O'Hern was an audit manager. He is also a member of the board of directors for The Abbey Company, a real estate organization.