John Zannos, vice president of Cloud at Canonical, is set to leave the company. In an email, Zannos said he was “jumping into a new adventure.”
According to Canonical, Zannos facilitated industry partnerships at the company. Zannos had previously worked at Hewlett Packard, and serves on the board of a number of Linux Foundation organizations, including the recently formed Open Network Automation Platform (ONAP), and Open Platform for Network Functions Virtualization (OPNFV).
Zannos’ exit follows plans for current Canonical CEO Jane Silber to leave her position next month. Silber, who has served as CEO since 2010, is set to move to the company’s board of directors.
Canonical Founder Mark Shuttleworth is set to take over as CEO. Shuttleworth also founded the Ubuntu open source project.
Shuttleworth in April announced the company was discontinuing its Unity desktop business. The move also included stopping work on the Ubuntu Touch operating system.
Canonical told Network World it would stop delivering updates to the mobile phone and tablet-focused OS at the end of June.
“The choice, ultimately, is to invest in the areas which are contributing to the growth of the company,” Shuttleworth wrote in a blog post. “Those are Ubuntu itself, for desktops, servers and VMs, our cloud infrastructure products (OpenStack and Kubernetes), our cloud operations capabilities (MAAS, LXD, Juju, BootStack), and our IoT story in snaps and Ubuntu Core.”
Canonical last month announced a deal with NetApp to target enterprises with an open source cloud platform. The product will use Ubuntu OpenStack, and NetApp data management and flash storage.