Red Hat Names CEO Matthew Szulik Chairman of the Board; Leading Educator Marye Anne Fox Joins Board

Raleigh

United States, April 11, 2002

New Chairman and Board Member Will Help Speed Linux and Open Source Software Adoption in Education and the Enterprise

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), the world's premier open source and Linux provider, today announced that CEO Matthew Szulik has been named to the additional post of Chairman of the Board of Directors of Red Hat, Inc. Szulik joined Red Hat as President in November of 1998 and was promoted to CEO in November of 1999. He has been instrumental in the success of Red Hat and the unprecedented growth in the adoption of open source computing.

Red Hat also announced that well-known education leader Marye Anne Fox, Ph.D., has joined the Board of Directors.

"Matthew is doing a tremendous job building Red Hat into a financially disciplined, profitable, competitive global corporation. Red Hat has created an internationally recognized brand standing for quality and engineering excellence in open source technologies." said Bob Young, former Chairman of Red Hat, Inc. "Matthew's enhanced leadership position as CEO and Chairman will enable Red Hat to improve its customer service and product offerings even faster and increase the speed of Linux adoption in the enterprise."

As one of the founders of Red Hat, Young will continue his involvement as a member of the board of directors.

In addition, Red Hat today announced that Marye Anne Fox, Ph.D., has joined its board of directors. Fox is a widely acclaimed chemist who serves on the National Academy of Sciences' Committee on Science and Engineering Public Policy. She also serves on the President's Council of Advisors on Science and Technology (PCAST), which advises President George W. Bush and his administration on issues relating to technology, scientific research priorities, and math and science education. She is the chancellor of North Carolina State University.

"We are fortunate that Dr. Fox is bringing to Red Hat her extensive experience and insights into the ways in which computing can improve our nation's educational system," said Szulik. "One of the core missions of Red Hat is to encourage the use of open source software as a highly cost-effective means of bringing the benefits of a better education to all people in our society. Dr. Fox has long been a leader in this effort and her insights will enable Red Hat to treat education as a social responsibility rather than a market."

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