Forum Leadership: Key Roles

Get to know the elected leaders of the IT4IT Forum and The Open Group staff members who support them. Read their profiles below or introduce yourself to them at the next regional event of The Open Group. Your Forum Leaders are members just like you who were nominated by other members or nominated themselves and whom members then voted to elect to office.

To learn more about their duties in support of the Forum, the Standard, and the Forum members, download the Elected Officers Handbook (i122).

IT4IT Forum Co-Chair
Rob Akershoek, Fruition Partners
The Randstad, Netherlands

Rob is an IT Management Architect. For over 20 years he has been involved in improving IT organizations by designing, implementing, and automating IT management processes.
He helps organizations to transform to a new IT organization, ready to manage new technologies such as Cloud and mobile, as well as implementing new IT management co.

IT4IT Forum Co-Chair
Satya Misra, HCL Technologies
Noida, India

Satya is an Associate Director of HCL Technologies. He leads the ITSM process consulting practice arm of HCL Technologies which is responsible for architecting, designing, and developing digital products and services for XaaS service management. Satya is an ITSM professional with 20+ years of work experience in the IT industry.

Satya has been actively involved in The Open Group IT4IT Forum for three years as a member of the IT4IT Steering Committee and IT4IT Adoption workgroup of The Open Group Governing Board. He is a published author in The Open Group library for a case study ( and is currently authoring the Request to Fulfill Capability chapter of the IT4IT Reference Architecture Standard Version 3.0.

IT4IT Forum Vice-Chair
Etienne Terpstra-Hollander, Micro Focus
Utrecht area, Netherlands

Etienne is a Lead Technologist in North and South Europe, Professional Services. Since 2012, Etienne has been involved in the IT4IT Forum of The Open Group where he, at the time, co-authored a paper that leads to the Request-to-Fulfill value stream. He has participated in many workgroups and currently is a Steering Committee member and Workgroup member for the IT4IT V3 Level 0 activities. He is co-author of the normative IT4IT standard (doc ref. C155) and 2 IT4IT guidance documents; The Management Guide (doc ref. G160) and the Intelligence and Reporting Guide (doc ref. G18E).

 IT4IT Core Standard standing committee Chair
Lars Rossen, Micro Focus
Copenhagen, Denmark

Lars is a Micro Focus Fellow working as part of the global CTO organization responsible for cross-portfolio strategy. He is the chief architect of the IT4IT™ initiative and Micro Focus representative on The Open Group Board. Lars created the first version of the IT4IT™ Reference Architecture which formed the basis for the standard in The Open Group, and Lars continues to be the lead architect for the IT4IT initiative. Before joining the CTO organization in 2015, Lars worked in the Software portfolio architecture and strategy team and has had many leading roles in defining and progressing the current IT management solution portfolio.  

 IT4IT Forum Director
Linda Kavanagh, The Open Group
California, USA

Linda supports the leaders and participants of the member-led IT4IT Forum in utilizing the resources of The Open Group to follow The Open Group Standards process and publish the IT4IT Standard and associated publications. Prior to working at The Open Group, she worked at HP Enterprise as the Program Manager for the original group of companies that formed the IT4IT Consortium and created the IT4IT Reference Architecture 1.0 before moving it to The Open Group. She has 15 years of experience in product management and product marketing at leading IT management solution vendors including HPE, HP, BMC Software, and Peregrine Systems. She also spent 10 years leading or promoting product lines in the desktop laser and multi-color wide-format printing industry, including at Encad, Inc., a Kodak company.

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