The Open Compute Foundation welcomed a new chief operating officer: Cole Crawford, who has been involved in the open-source sector since 1992, holding positions at OpenStack and Nebula, as well as advising the Linux Foundation.

Facebook formed the OCF in October 2011 to lead the development of energy efficient hardware infrastructure and guide development of the Open Compute Project.

Crawford began working with the OCP when he volunteered to serve as chair of its storage project, leading the effort to develop the open vault storage server specification, and the OCF said his duties as COO will involve further operationalizing the foundation, starting with events such as its upcoming Open Compute Summit Jan. 16 and 17 in Santa Clara, Calif.

Members of the OCF’s board of directors include Andy Bechtolsheim from Arista Networks, Don Duet from Goldman Sachs, Frank Frankovsky from Facebook, Mark Roenigk from Rackspace, and Jason Waxman from Intel.