Speakers

Visionary keynotes and presentations from industry leaders

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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    Satinder Sethi

    Vice President Data Center & Cloud Solutions, Cisco Systems, Inc.

    Satinder Sethi is the Vice President of Data Center and Cloud Solutions at Cisco. Satinder joined Cisco with the acquisition of Nuova Systems, a company he joined in 2006.

    Prior to Nuova Systems, Sethi was Director of Systems Engineering at Xensource. At Xensource, he led the sales engineering function and was involved in the early design and development of open source Xen Hypervisor. Prior to that, Sethi was Director of Systems Engineering at Egenera and was responsible for leading the sales engineering team for their server platform offering.

    He holds a BS in Electronics & Telecommunications, and an MS in Electrical & Computer Engineering.

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    Steve Lucas

    President, Platform Solutions, SAP

    Steve Lucas is the global President of SAP's Platform Solutions and in this role since 2013 has led the go-to-market teams and strategy for SAP's Analytics, Database, Cloud Platform and 'Internet of Things' (IoT) products.

    Prior to his current role, Mr. Lucas served as Global EVP and GM for SAP's Database & Middleware Business, as well as global GM for SAP's Business Analytics & Technology organization, where his responsibilities included strategy and go-to-market activities across sales, marketing, and product management lines of business since 2009.

    Over the course of his 20+ year career in enterprise software, Mr. Lucas has held senior executive roles at a number of leading enterprise, cloud and analytic technology companies, including SVP of Force.com at Salesforce.com, Group Vice President at BusinessObjects as well as various senior leadership positions at Crystal Decisions, a reporting software company.

    He has also co-chaired various government technology leadership initiatives including the TechAmerica BigData committee.

    Mr. Lucas also is a member of the Board of Directors for Sendgrid, a privately held, internet email infrastructure company.

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    Doug Fisher

    Senior VP and General Manager, Software and Services Group, Intel

    Doug Fisher is senior vice president and general manager of the Software and Services Group (SSG) at Intel Corporation. He has overall responsibility for software and software development at Intel worldwide, with the goal of enhancing computing and connectivity for Intel® architecture across the software ecosystem and providing end-to-end value from the device edge to the data center.

    The global SSG organization that Fisher oversees encompasses resources spanning more than 20 countries, as well as business relationships with 6,000-plus independent software vendors and a robust developer program that serves more than 10 million software, entrepreneurial, enthusiast and hobbyist developers. His group is charged with delivering software that fuels worldwide innovation and helps developers take advantage of the latest computing and communications technologies.

    Before assuming his current role, Fisher served as corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's System Software Division. Earlier in his Intel career, he was director of worldwide engineering for Intel Online Services based in Europe, where he established the International Engineering organization. Fisher joined Intel in 1995 after spending 10 years at Hewlett-Packard Company, where he began working as a software developer. He began his career at age 17 when he enlisted in the U.S. Navy, where he spent five years.

    Fisher holds a bachelor's degree in electrical engineering from Oregon State University and a master's degree in engineering management from Stanford University. He serves as chairman of the board of the Linux Foundation and is a member of the internal board for Wind River Systems, a wholly owned subsidiary of Intel Corporation.

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    Jim Ganthier

    VP/GM, Engineered Solutions and Cloud, Dell

    Jim Ganthier is a global technology executive with over 20 years of experience delivering business results in multinational technology, products and solutions companies. At Dell, Jim serves as Dell’s Vice President and General Manager for Dell’s Engineered Solutions and Cloud business. In this role Jim is responsible for driving Dell’s engineering and development of integrated cross-platform solutions as well as global pan-Dell strategy for Cloud-based solutions.

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    Douglas Balog

    Vice President and General Manager, IBM Power Systems

    Douglas (Doug) Balog is the general manager for IBM Power Systems. In that capacity, he is responsible for all facets of the Power Systems' business including strategy, architecture, operations, technology development and overall financial performance. Mr. Balog is also a current member of IBM's Performance Team and a recent member of the Strategy Team, which focus respectively on tactical execution and the strategic direction for the IBM Corporation.

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