Technology Veteran Elected to Red Hat Board

Raleigh

United States, October 4, 2004

Edward Kozel, former Chief Technology Officer at Cisco, joins Red Hat Board of Directors

Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq:RHAT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions to the enterprise, today announced that Edward Kozel, Managing Director of International Finance Ltd. (IFLTD), has joined Red Hat's board of directors. Kozel possesses over 20 years experience in technology

An early employee at Cisco Systems, Mr. Kozel helped to grow the company into a multinational technology leader over 12 years, as its Chief Technology Officer, head of Business Development and an executive director. While Head of Business Development he was responsible for more than 22 technology acquisitions. Kozel began his career at Boeing and spent six years at SRI International, where he conducted early research into the architecture of the Internet. Most recently, he spent three years with the private venture firm Open Range LLC.

"Red Hat's business is based on a networked society. Ed has been at the forefront of research and innovation in the telecommunications industry," said Matthew Szulik , CEO and Chairman of Red Hat. "His vision and intellect will add an important perspective as we continue to build the company"

"Red Hat's impact on the computing industry is extremely unique as open source now reaches the mainstream markets," said Ed Kozel. "It's a very exciting time to join the board and I look forward to working with the team to shape the company's future."

Kozel holds a B.S. in Electrical Engineering from the University of California. He currently holds positions on the boards of Reuters PLC, Yahoo! (Audit Committee chair), and Symbol Technologies. Kozel was previously on the boards of Cisco Systems and Tibco Software. The election of Edward Kozel to the Red Hat board was effective October 1, 2004.

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