by Peter Galli on September 13, 2010 05:38pm

Jean Paoli, the General Manager for Interoperability Strategy here at Microsoft, has just announced the appointment of a new addition to his team, welcoming Gianugo Rabellino as the Senior Director engaged directly with the broader open source world.

"In his role, Gianugo will work to foster relationships with the open source communities worldwide. I expect he will be a tremendous resource in helping identify ways open source communities and Microsoft can better work together and to help Microsoft product teams with their open source strategies," Paoli said in a blog post announcing the appointment. Read the full blog post here.

Gianugo has been a well-known figure in open source communities for years, serving as Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Sourcesense and Vice President of the Apache XML Project Management Committee. He has a deep understanding of open source technologies and platforms and, when he joins Microsoft this coming month, will bring his wealth of experience and knowledge to a group of passionate and committed individuals who share his same enthusiasm for interoperability and openness between Microsoft and non-Microsoft platforms, Paoli said.