First of all, how are you and your family doing in these COVID-19 times?
Calista Redmond: We’re doing well, thank you. We’re fortunate to be keeping healthy and maintaining reliable internet access.
Tell us about you, your career, how you joined RISC-V International.
Calista Redmond: Technology is a fundamental building block that helps to improve society and connect communities while promoting changes and advancements across industries. These factors are what have drawn me to focus my career on this industry. With open-source, I have been inspired by the ability it creates for collaboration, linking various disciplines while removing geographic borders at the same time. This drives lasting change in how we operate and how we are connected with each other.
With over 20 years of senior-level management, alliance, and significant open source community experience, my mission when joining RISC-V International was to expand and engage RISC-V stakeholders, compel industry adoption and increase visibility and opportunity for RISC-V within and beyond RISC-V International. Prior to RISC-V, I held a variety of roles at IBM, including Vice President of IBM Z Ecosystem. In this role, I led strategic relationships across software vendors, system integrators, business partners, developer communities, and broader engagement across the industry. My focus areas included the execution of commercialization strategies, technical and business support for partners, and matchmaker to opportunities. My background also includes building and leading strategic business models within IBM’s Systems Group through open source initiatives, including OpenPOWER, OpenDaylight, and Open Mainframe Project. For OpenPOWER, we focused on drafting the strategy, cultivating the foundation of partners, and nurturing strategic relationships to grow the organization.