It was just announced that the OpenID Foundation has recieved its first set of corporate board members. Google, IBM, Microsoft, VeriSign and Yahoo! will each be nominating a single representative to work alongside the existing seven board members.
When I first heard of the plans to invite corporations onto the foundation board, I will admit I had reservations about larger companies getting involved this high up. I'm sure other members of the OpenID community will have similar reservations when they first hear of this announcement. However, it's worth bearing in mind that the make up of the board retains a majority of "community" board members, and that this ratio will remain fixed for future boards as well, so it would be hyperbole to suggest that the corporations are taking over.
One of the roles of the OpenID Foundation is to provide a structured environment where both corporate and individual members can collaborate on specifications while ensuring that the outcome will remain free to use by the community at large. The OpenID Foundation will not author specifications itself, but it will provide resources for working groups and will publish completed specifications and look after related concerns such as marketing and the use of the OpenID trademark.
I for one am looking forward to seeing what will come of this collaboration. If you haven't already, you may like to read the announcement to get the full details.