Liberty Alliance Project – The Liberty Alliance Project, a business and technology consortium formed to develop open standards for federated network identity, today announced that Eric Dean, CIO of United Airlines, is stepping down as president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board. Michael Barrett, vice president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board and vice president of Internet strategy for American Express Corporation, will chair the Management Board until a new president is elected. The Liberty Alliance will continue its work to develop open specifications for federated network identity, and reaffirmed it is on track to deliver its next set of specifications in the first quarter of 2003.
Eric Dean explained, “The Liberty Alliance is at a very exciting stage as it builds on the launch of the version 1.0 specifications and moves forward in the development of its next specifications. Unfortunately, the challenges that United Airlines currently is facing prevent me from devoting the amount of time and energy necessary to perform the duties of president. I am confident that with the depth of experience and talent on the Management Board and within the various Expert Groups, the Liberty Alliance will be successful in its mission.”
United Airlines remains committed to the goals of Liberty Alliance. United will continue to be a Sponsor member, maintain its seat on the Management Board and remain involved in the Marketing, Technology and Public Policy Expert Groups.
“During Eric’s tenure as President, the Alliance has moved from being just an idea, to a significant organization which has delivered on the first part of its promise.” said Michael Barrett, interim president of the Liberty Alliance Management Board. “With almost 100 members, it is clear the Alliance has a continuing role to fill in developing an identity standard that will meet the needs of both consumers and businesses. The Management Board and members of the Alliance will continue to move the Alliance forward.”
The Liberty Alliance Management Board consists of representatives from each of the 16 founding member companies. The companies currently represented on the Management Board include: American Express, AOL Time Warner, Bell Canada, Citigroup, France Telecom, General Motors, Hewlett-Packard Company, MasterCard International, Nokia, NTT DoCoMo, Openwave Systems, RSA Security, Sony Corporation, Sun Microsystems, United Airlines and Vodafone.
About the Liberty Alliance Project The Liberty Alliance Project
(www.projectliberty.org) is an alliance of more than 95 technology and consumer organizations formed to develop and deploy open, federated network identification specifications that support all current and emerging network devices in the digital economy. Federated identity will help drive the next generation of the Internet, offering businesses and consumers convenience and choice. Membership is open to all commercial and non-commercial organizations.