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Paul Smith

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Public Sector, North America

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Paul Smith

Paul Smith is Senior Vice President and General Manager of the Public Sector for North America at Red Hat. He joined the company in 2004 and leads the company’s government business unit, overseeing sales, marketing, consulting, channels, and strategic planning. The unit as a whole is responsible for the U.S. federal government worldwide and the U.S. state, local, and education marketplace nationally.

Smith has more than 30 years of experience marketing key technologies to the government marketplace, holding various management positions in the sales of software solutions to government agencies and systems integrators.

Before joining Red Hat, Smith was Vice President of government operations at Veritas Technologies, where he helped lead his business unit to become the fastest-growing vertical within the company by increasing from less than $15 million to more than $200 million. He also worked at Netscape Communications, where he ran sales for its state and local organizations nationwide. Smith also has led sales organizations at Oracle Corp. in the areas of public sector, aerospace and defense, and the U.S. Department of Defense; and has worked for Unisys Corp., where he held management positions responsible for federal civilian agencies.