Open Source leader Danese Cooper joins NearForm as VP of Special Initiatives

NearForm, a world leader in developing, releasing and maintaining Open Source software, has appointed renowned Open Source leader Danese Cooper as VP of Special Initiatives.

A technologist, strategist, evangelist and recognised leader in the Open Source community, Ms Cooper has had a long career working as an advocate for open source software in many enterprises across the globe. In her new role with NearForm, she will develop effective Open Source business and licensing strategies for NearForm and its clients, serve as Senior Advisor and liaison to Silicon Valley and will act as spokesperson for the business’ work in Open Source and InnerSource.

She will also be responsible for evaluating client project and engineering methodologies for InnerSource potential, assisting with Agile implementations, and advising customers in their interactions with Open Source Foundations and communities.

Danese joins NearForm from PayPal, where she was Head of Open Source, was the Inaugural Chairperson of the Node.js Foundation, and founded Prior to that, she was the first Chief Open Source Evangelist for Sun Microsystems and the first female Chief Technology Officer of Wikimedia Foundation. She specialises in healthy Open Source communities and has served on the Boards of the Drupal Association, the Open Source Initiative, the Open Hardware Association and has advised Mozilla and the Apache Software Foundation. She has also run a successful Open Source consultancy which counts the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, SETI Foundation, Harris Corporation and Numenta as clients.

NearForm is an Irish-owned technology company recognised internationally for its contributions to Node.js as a key development framework for digital transformation. Using a highly developed remote working model, the company hires the best talent from all over the world to offer clients outstanding software solutions and apply digital technology to modernise and reshape their businesses. NearForm offers particular expertise in delivering software applications using open source software and methodologies to ensure clients future-proof their digital transformation initiatives, spend less, become more efficient and have the ability to implement their ideas quickly.

Clients include EY, Conde Nast, ADP, the New York Times,, Moody’s, DPD, The London School of Marketing, Net-a-Porter, Samsung and Bosch.

Cian Ó Maidín, CEO of NearForm welcomed Danese to the team saying: “Danese is a fantastic addition to our world-renowned Open Source team and our commitment to bringing the best from our Node.js community to the enterprise. She brings 30 years of experience in helping businesses develop open, collaborative environments to drive performance, which will greatly enhance the software solutions service we currently provide to our customers. We’re really excited to have her on board and look forward to having her talent and reputation as a foremost open source technologist and InnerSource evangelist to help us contribute more to both our customers and our community”.

Danese Cooper says: “I have been following NearForm for a few years and there’s so much that I like about the team, the company philosophy and their execution. I’m really excited to be bringing my knowledge of Open Source and InnerSource to help NearForm and its customers.”