Chris Heartwell, Managing Chief Architect, Public Sector, North America, Red Hat

Craig Heartwell

Managing Chief Architect, Public Sector, North America

Craig Heartwell leads the Chief Architects team in the public sector for North America at Red Hat, which is responsible for strategic alignment with customer mission and enabling customer success in adoption of open source technology and solutions. Heartwell brings more than 36 years of professional experience in technology, strategy and leadership that spans domains as diverse as weapon systems diagnostics, simulation based training & wargaming, information security, intelligent video surveillance, aerial & satellite reconnaissance, and healthcare.

Heartwell's focus in public sector is increasing the service, safety, security and continuity of the country, by promoting business innovation, strategic technology adoption and workforce transformation. As the Managing Chief Architect for Red Hat's North America Public Sector, Heartwell has the privilege of leading a team of seasoned professionals ideally suited to empower customer success in digital transformation, strategic technology adoption and mission achievement. Heartwell facilitates his team's success by connecting their collective efforts to the vision, innovation and strategy of Red Hat at large.

In collaboration with other senior leadership, Heartwell provides thought leadership and guidance on the power of open source in digital modernization and application of open culture to achieving enterprise excellence. Prior to joining Red Hat, Heartwell served as CTO of Presidio Government Solutions; as a competitive solutions expert in an IBM center of excellence; as the senior technology leader/executive in companies including Perthera, ObjectVideo and Aurora Enterprise Solutions; and as a business and technology consultant for large defense contractors and high-tech startups.