Meet the team

The experienced Red Hat® public sector team boasts decades of experience in the government technology industry. And our Government Advisory Board includes industry luminaries who provide strategic counsel to the team on expanding business within federal, state, local, and educational institutions.

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Management team

Paul Smith

Paul Smith

GM and VP, Public Sector Operations
Paul Smith is vice president of Government Sales Operations at Red Hat. Mr. 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 US federal government worldwide and the US 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 $15 million to more than $200 million.

Smith worked at Netscape Communications where he ran sales for their state and 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. An avid golfer and skier, he also enjoys playing competitive lacrosse in an area seniors league. A native of Baltimore, Smith currently resides in a suburb of Washington, DC with his wife and 3 children.

Lynne Corddry

Lynne Corddry

Vice president, Business Development, Public Sector
As vice president of Business Development, Public Sector, Lynne Corddry brings to Red Hat more than 20 years of diverse technical experience as a sales executive in companies like UNISYS, Network Appliance, Silicon Graphics, Inc., and Digital Equipment Corporation.

Prior to joining Red Hat, Corddry held the position of vice president and general manager, Federal Systems and Technology Business Unit, at UNISYS Corporation. She led the growth, margin, and profitability of high-performance enterprise solutions and services to the federal government with responsibility for $280 million annually. Over a period of 7 months, Corddry turned the Federal Business unit around to become profitable. Prior to UNISYS, Corddry was director, Federal Sales and Homeland Security at Network Appliance where she grew the federal business sector 100% year over year for 4 consecutive years.

Corddry holds a master's degree in marketing and finance from James Madison University. She has taught and lectured extensively at George Washington University, Montgomery College, and James Madison University. Corddry is a board member of the ITAA/Government Electronics Industry Alliance.

Government Advisory Board

Red Hat is pleased to have a top-notch Government Advisory Board comprised of government technology industry luminaries. The board provides strategic counsel to Red Hat's public sector team on the expansion of business within federal, state, local, and educational institutions.


Dr. Renato "Renny" A. DiPentima
Formerly CEO of SRA International Inc., Dr. DiPentima has been called a government IT industry "legend" by Federal Computer Week. DiPentima has more than 40 years experience working with the federal government.

Prior to joining SRA in 1995, DiPentima held several senior management positions in the federal government, including deputy commissioner for Systems for the Social Security Administration, a federal enterprise for which DiPentima worked for more than 3 decades.

DiPentima, who retired from SRA in 2007, currently serves on the Information Technology Association of America's Government Advisory Board and the Board of Directors of SRA International, Brocade, Liquid Machines and RedShift Ventures.

Dendy Young
Young is currently CEO of McLean Capital, LLC, a private equity firm based in McLean, Va. Prior to joining McLean Capital, Young served as CEO of GTSI, a publicly traded systems integrator, for 10 years.

Young, who boasts more than 3 decades of IT industry experience, serves on the Executive Committee of NVTC as chairman of the TechPAC and on the Board of Directors of the Armed Forces Communications and Electronics Association (AFCEA).

In addition to numerous community awards, Young received the Lifetime Achievement Award from VARBusiness in 2003 and the Federal CIO Council's Azimuth award in 2000. Young has been named 3 times to the prestigious Fed 100 and has won the coveted FOSE Industry Award.