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Dr. Mark Little – Senior Director, Middleware Engineering, Red Hat

Speaking Tuesday, May 3rd at 4pm

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The traditional role of middleware in the datacenter has been challenged to expand and meet the ubiquitous computing demands that are becoming more prevalent. The way applications are built, deployed, integrated, and managed must accommodate the rapidly evolving mobile and cloud paradigms, without sacrificing security or performance. Red Hat is at the epicenter of driving the standards and technologies with its JBoss middleware portfolio, which enables developers, architects, and IT executives to increase return on their existing IT investments and spur innovation in next-generation application environments.

Please join Red Hat's Dr. Mark Little, senior director of middleware engineering, and Craig Muzilla, Vice President, Middleware Business Unit as they discuss and demonstrate Red Hat’s vision for how JBoss Enterprise Middleware will drive social, mobile, and cloud computing.

Craig Muzilla – Vice President, Middleware Business Unit, Red Hat

Speaking Tuesday, May 3rd at 4pm


Craig Muzilla is vice president, middleware business unit at Red Hat, where he is responsible for the overall middleware and JBoss product business. Craig has extensive experience leading businesses that provide Java, service-oriented architecture (SOA), application integration, and data integration middleware software products. He provided leadership establishing early web services industry initiatives, and has led strategy, product management, marketing, and business development for many middleware software companies.

Prior to Red Hat, Craig was senior vice president at MetaMatrix, a leader in data services middleware that was acquired by Red Hat. Craig was also vice president at Avaki Corporation (now Sybase) and Bowstreet (now IBM). Craig holds an MBA degree from Boston University and a bachelor's degree from Ohio State University.

Jim Whitehurst – President and Chief Executive Officer, Red Hat

Speaking Tuesday, May 3rd at 5:30pm


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

Whitehurst joined Delta Air Lines in 2002, serving in various roles, 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, Ga., 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.

General Henry Hugh Shelton – Board of Directors, Red Hat

Speaking Tuesday, May 3rd at 5:30pm


General Hugh Shelton, former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff and now Chairman of the Board of Directors of Red Hat, will be kicking off the 2011 Red Hat Summit and JBoss World!

General Shelton’s recently published autobiography, Without Hesitation, chronicles his distinguished and nearly four-decade military career, spanning a history from the Vietnam War to Operation:Uphold Democracy in Haiti to 9/11 and his time as Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff.

General Shelton first encountered open source software while serving on the USS Mount Whitney. After some problems with Microsoft’s unchangeable, proprietary code not meeting his team’s requirements, they found the right solution with open source software, which let them change the code as they needed. Many years later, in 2003, General Shelton was elected to serve as on the Red Hat board of directors and in 2010 was selected to serve as chairman of that board.

As one of the nation's elite Special Forces soldiers, Shelton served twice in Vietnam, commanding a Green Beret unit and then an airborne infantry company. He was awarded a Bronze Star for valor and a Purple Heart for a wound suffered when a booby trap drove a poisoned stake through his leg.

Shelton rose up the ranks and was assistant division commander of the 101st Airborne Division as they invaded Iraq in the Persian Gulf War, then led the 20,000 American troops tasked with restoring Haiti's deposed President, Jean-Bertrand Aristide, to power. Promoted to 4-star General, he became Commander in Chief of U.S. Special Operations Command (including Delta Force, Navy SEALS and other top secret Special Mission Units).

Paul Cormier – Executive Vice President and President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

Speaking Wednesday, May 4th at 8am


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.

Brian Stevens – CTO and Vice President, Worldwide Engineering, Red Hat

Speaking Thursday, May 5th at 8am


Brian Stevens joined Red Hat's senior management team in 2001 and has been critical to the company's enterprise operating system, storage, and virtualization strategies. As CTO and Vice President, Worldwide Engineering, Stevens has responsibility for Red Hat engineering globally, encompassing Linux, virtualization, middleware, and cloud.

Stevens began his career at Digital Equipment Corporation, where he was a developer on the first commercial release of the X Windows System. During his 14 years at Digital, he became a senior member of technical staff, where he was responsible for the architecture and development of the UNIX and clustering product lines. Stevens earned a master's degree in Computer Systems from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute and a bachelor's degree in Computer Science from the University of New Hampshire.