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Jim Whitehurst – President and Chief Executive Officer, Red Hat

Jim  Whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat in December 2007.

Before joining Red Hat, Whitehurst held various positions at Delta Airlines, most recently as Chief Operating Officer, responsible for Operations, Sales and Customer Service, Network and Revenue Management, Marketing and Corporate Strategy. Prior to joining Delta, Whitehurst served as Vice President and Director of The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) and held various leadership roles in their Chicago, Hong Kong, Shanghai and Atlanta offices.

A native of Columbus, Georgia, Whitehurst graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas, with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics. He also attended Friedrich-Alexander University in Erlangen, Germany, holds a general course degree from the London School of Economics and an MBA from Harvard Business School.

Paul Cormier – EVP and President, Product and Technologies, Red Hat

Paul Cormier

Cormier leads Red Hat’s technology and products organizations, including engineering, product management and product marketing for Red Hat’s technologies. Cormier joined Red Hat in May 2001 as Executive Vice President, Engineering. Paul Cormier’s leadership and experience in enterprise technology has led to the introduction of Red Hat’s acclaimed line of enterprise products, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Cormier has been instrumental in forging tight partnerships with many leading technology companies.

Prior to coming to Red Hat, he served as senior vice president of research and development at BindView, helping the company achieve market leadership in 2000. Cormier holds a Master of Science in Software Development and Management from Rochester Institute of Technology.

Arun Oberoi – Executive Vice President, Global Sales and Services, Red Hat

Brian Stevens

Arun Oberoi leads Red Hat’s worldwide sales organization as well as the consulting and training services business.

Prior to joining Red Hat, Oberoi led and repeatedly built rapidly-scaling businesses for mulitple technology organizations, from start-up companies, to mid-sized and multi-billion dollar global organizations. Most recently, Oberoi served as CEO of two high-growth start-up technology companies: Viridity Software, a data center infrastructure management start-up company and Aveksa, a leading access governance and management software start-up company.

Oberoi has led worldwide sales on multiple occasions during his career including at Micromuse, a market-leading provider of high-end network management and service assurance solutions, which was acquired by IBM and, after that acquisition, for the Netcool-Tivolis Software Group at IBM.

Earlier in his career, Oberoi held several executive leadership roles at Hewlett Packard, including vice president and general manager of worldwide top 100 corporate accounts and industries and vice president and general manager of worldwide sales and marketing for HP’s software business. As part of HP’s software business, he led the development of a dedicated worldwide sales and marketing organization for the portfolio, which included HP’s OpenView product, security and middleware, and led the sales growth from initial stages to $1 billion in revenues.

Oberoi earned his Master of Business Administration from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management. He also holds an MBA from Panjab University Business School in Chandigarh, India, and a Bachelor of Arts, with honors, from India’s Delhi University.

Paul Smith – General Manager and Vice President, Government Sales Operations, Red Hat

Paul Smith

Paul Smith is General Manager and Vice President of Government Sales Operations at Red Hat. Smith joined Red Hat in November 2004 and leads the Red Hat Government business unit with responsibility for sales, marketing, consulting, channels and strategic planning. The business unit is responsible for the U.S. Federal government worldwide and the U.S. State, Local and Education marketplace nationally.

Smith brings to Red Hat more than 20 years of experience marketing key technologies to the government marketplace holding various management positions in the sales of software solutions to government agencies and to systems integrators.

Before joining Red Hat, Smith was Vice President of Government Operations at VERITAS. During his 5 year tenure, the business unit was the fastest growing vertical at VERITAS increasing from less than $15M to more than $200M. Smith worked at Netscape Communications where he ran sales for their State & Local organization nationwide. Prior to that he ran sales organizations at Oracle in the areas of Public Sector, Aerospace and Defense and the Department of Defense. Before joining Oracle, Smith worked for Unisys Corporation where he held management positions responsible for Federal Civilian Agencies.

Smith holds a bachelor of business administration from Loyola College in Baltimore, Maryland.

Mark Enzweiler – Vice President, Global Partners and Alliances, Red Hat

Mark Enzweiler

Mark Enzweiler serves as Vice President, Global Partners and Alliances for Red Hat. In this role, he is responsible for the development and execution of global channels strategy and sales. Enzweiler first joined Red Hat in 2006 as vice president of North America Channel Sales, a position he held for 18 months.

Prior to joining Red Hat, Enzweiler served as vice president of Global Channel Strategy and Sales for Lenovo. Earlier in his career, Enzweiler spent 25 years with IBM in various GM and channel executive roles, including GM of Europe, Middle East, and Africa and Latin America of the Personal Systems Group and of the Global Chemical and Petroleum Industry Group. There, Enzweiler was responsible for IBM's total business—hardware, software, and services—in these key industries and directed resources to develop and deliver solutions to the chemical and petroleum industries' top business challenges.

Enzweiler holds an MBA from Xavier University and a BS in psychology from Northern Kentucky University.

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