Visionary keynotes and presentations from industry leaders

Red Hat keynote speakers

The Red Hat Summit main stage features keynote presentations by Red Hat executives, strategic partner executives, and industry thought leaders.

  • Jim Whitehurst

    Jim Whitehurst

    President and chief executive officer, Red Hat

    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.

  • Paul Cormier

    Paul Cormier

    Executive vice president and president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

    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.

  • Craig Muzilla

    Craig Muzilla

    Senior Vice President, Application Platform Products Business Group, Red Hat

    Craig Muzilla is senior vice president, applications group at Red Hat, where he is responsible for the Red Hat JBoss Middleware and Red Hat OpenShift platform as a service business units. 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).

  • Marco Bill-Peter

    Marco Bill-Peter

    Vice president, Customer Experience and Engagement, Red Hat

    Marco Bill-Peter is the vice president of Customer Experience and Engagement (CEE) at Red Hat, which includes the company's Global Support Services organization, GSS. In addition to technical support delivery and strategic customer engagement, Bill-Peter's organization is responsible for the award-winning Red Hat Customer Portal, product certifications, product security, product documentation, and translation services. CEE is responsible for increasing the value customers and partners receive from their relationship with Red Hat.

    Bill-Peter has driven the expansion of support at Red Hat - from reactive interactions to high-value, proactive, and collaborative customer engagements. Bill-Peter's vision continues to go beyond the standard industry definition of support to include a strategic focus on innovation that better serves customers and delivers greater customer value.

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