PayPal has appointed veteran Silicon Valley technology leader Danese Cooper as its first head of open source.
Cooper has worked in a variety of roles in the technology industry including chief technology officer of Wikimedia Foundation, chief open source evangelist at Sun, software engineering manager at Apple and open source advocate at Intel.
She has also served on the board of the Open Source Initiative and the Drupal Association, and is a member of the Apache Software Foundation.
In her role as head of open source at PayPal she will lead the company’s wide-reaching open source strategy. PayPal has built its private cloud on open source cloud management software OpenStack, and last year released an open source version of its node.js software development framework, Kraken.
“Bringing Danese on board will continue to extend this success. The addition of Danese to our PayPal team strengthens our world-class engineering organisation,” said Kirsten Wolberg, PayPal vice president, technology business operations.
“She will work to help us deploy best-in-class open source technology across our stack and drive contributions back to open source projects to increase our technical impact globally.”
Parent company eBay also uses Hadoop open source big data analytics tools to gain insights into the huge amounts of data generated by the two firms.