Industry Veteran Greg Symon Joins Red Hat as Vice President and General Manager of North American Sales

Raleigh

United States, January 12, 2009

Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today named Greg Symon as vice president and general manager of North American sales. With more than 25 years of business and sales experience, Symon will play a key leadership role in the development and execution of Red Hat's North American sales strategy and growth.

"We are very pleased to attract someone of Greg's caliber to lead our North American sales team," said Alex Pinchev, executive vice president and president, global sales, services and field marketing. "His extensive experience in the software industry in combination with his proven leadership skills make Greg ideally suited to drive Red Hat's sales strategy. Greg will be invaluable in helping Red Hat continue expansion across our enterprise customer base and further develop our presence in the North American market."

Prior to Red Hat, Symon held various senior sales management and business development positions during a 22-year tenure with Intel Corporation. He most recently served as senior managing director and founder of Intel's Global Software Relations organization within the company's Software Solutions Group. In this role, Symon led the creation and development of the software influencer organization focused on developing and maintaining global relationships with partners, Independent Software Vendors (ISVs) and Operating System Vendors (OSVs) to ensure success with the ecosystem and end-user account engagements.

Earlier in his Intel career, Symon was one of the primary architects and founder of both the Influencer Evangelist and Worldwide Business Development organizations. He has also held Intel positions including worldwide director of the Customer Solutions Group Influencer Sales Team, Americas director of the Architecture Management organization, manager of the Business Development organization and director of the Strategic Relations Managers Group. Symon received numerous company awards and recognition for his achievements with Intel.

Throughout his career, Symon has focused on direct and indirect sales, technology enablement programs and initiatives at Fortune 500 end-user customers, system integrators, outsourcers, ISVs and OSVs. He holds a Bachelor's degree in marketing/management from Western Connecticut State University where he also founded and presided as president of the university's American Marketing Association chapter.

"Red Hat is clearly positioned for continued growth and has established itself as the industry leader in the open source infrastructure and middleware space," said Symon. "I look forward to leading this talented North American sales team and accelerating the impressive work the company has already achieved."

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