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Visionary keynotes and presentations from industry leaders

Featured keynote speakers

The Red Hat Summit main stage features keynote presentations by Red Hat executives, strategic partner executives, and industry thought leaders.

Jim Whitehurst

Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst

President and Chief Executive Office, Red Hat

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.

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.

Marco Bill-Peter

Red Hat

Marco Bill-Peter

Vice President of Customer Experience and Engagement, Red Hat

Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

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.

Paul Cormier

Red Hat

Paul Cormier

Executive vice president and president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.

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.

Doug Fisher

Intel

Doug Fisher

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Software and Services Group, Intel

Tuesday, 1:45 p.m.

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+ 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.

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.

Jim Ganthier

Dell

Jim Ganthier

VP & GM, Engineered Systems, HPC, and Cloud, Dell

Tuesday, 1:45 p.m.

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.

Richard Hulskes

Wevolver and InMoov Robots for Good

Richard Hulskes

Co–founder, Wevolver and InMoov Robots for Good

Tuesday, 1:45 p.m.

Richard is a tech enthusiast who is fascinated by people coming together to work on projects that have the potential to change lives. Richard co-founded Wevolver to create a space where people from different backgrounds, with different skill sets, can work together. He hopes the community inspires and motivates people to join an ongoing project or start their own. "In my opinion every human being has knowledge, skills, or a network that can be of great value to a project or an idea."

Sven Loberg

Accenture

Sven Loberg

Global Open Source Practice Lead, Accenture

Wednesday, 1:45 p.m.

Sven Loberg is a Managing Director within  Accenture's Advanced Technology & Architecture practice and serves as the Global Open Source lead. In this role he promotes the benefits and use of open source both at Accenture clients as well as within Accenture. Sven has worked for Accenture since 2001 in a number of technology and delivery related roles and has a diverse background in both packaged and custom development. Sven is a member of Accenture's Global Technology Architecture Leadership group. 

Elwin Loomis

Target

Elwin Loomis

Senior director, Store of the Future, Target

Tuesday, 8:30 a.m.

Elwin Loomis has been leading a revolution at Target that is impacting the Twin Cities. The past several years he has inspired engineers to believe in the power of innovation and technology to Change the culture from within; not only is it working at Target, but the ripple impacts have made the Silicon Prairie of the Twin Cities a destination hub for tech–talent. Elwin will discuss this journey of technology, innovation and change as an essential cultural foundation to success in DevOps.

Randy Meyer

Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Randy Meyer

Vice President and General Manager, Mission Critical Systems, Hewlett Packard Enterprise

Thursday, 1:45 p.m.

Randy Meyer is the Vice President and General Manager of the HPE Mission Critical Systems business where he is responsible for the development, delivery and marketing of HPE’s mission-critical portfolio including NonStop systems, Integrity servers, Scale Up x86 servers, and the HP-UX and OpenVMS operating environments.

Previously, Randy led the Product Management, Strategy and Technology team in HP’s NonStop Enterprise Division. This team was responsible for the overall strategic direction of the NonStop product family and provided technical education to field support staff.

With more than 30 years of experience in the computer industry, Mr. Meyer has held a variety of technical, financial management, product management, and marketing management roles. He originally joined Tandem Computers in 1986 as a product management leader and returned to the company in 1997. Among other positions in the startup world, he was also Vice President of Business Development for NetFRAME Systems, a high-end network server manufacturer.

Mr. Meyer holds Bachelor of Science (Economics) and Bachelor of Arts (Computer Science) degrees from the University of Minnesota and a Masters in Business Administration from Cornell University.

Nayaki Nayyar

SAP

Nayaki Nayyar

General Manager and Global Head of Internet of Things (IoT) and Innovation GTM, SAP

Tuesday, 1:45 p.m.

Nayaki Nayyar is the General Manager and Global Head of IoT and Innovation GTM at SAP. During her 20 year career, Nayaki has held various leadership positions at SAP and in the Industry. In her most recent role, Nayaki was heading up SAP's Cloud for Customer Engagement – comprised of sales, service, and social capabilities—and significantly grew the business over 10 quarters. Prior to joining SAP in 2011, Nayaki was CTO at Valero Energy Corporation where she led the Enterprise Architecture and Development department during the company's rapid growth into the largest independent refining company in North America. Nayaki has a bachelor's in Mechanical Engineering, a master's in Computer Science, and is a graduate of the Stanford Executive Program.

Nathan Seidle

SparkFun

Nathan Seidle

Founder and CEO at SparkFun

Wednesday, 1:45 p.m.

Nathan Seidle is the founder and CEO of SparkFun Electronics in Boulder, Colo. Nathan founded SparkFun in 2003 while an undergraduate student studying electrical engineering, was instrumental in initializing the open hardware logo, and is active in the open hardware community. He currently serves on the board of the Open Source Hardware Association. Nathan has presented on the many facets of manufacturing and open hardware at the National Science Foundation, Google, and Sketching in Hardware. He has guest lectured at numerous institutions including MIT, Stanford and West Point Academy.

Joseph Sirosh

Microsoft

Joseph Sirosh

Corporate Vice President, Data Group, Microsoft

Thursday, 1:45 p.m.

Joseph Sirosh is the Corporate Vice President of the Data Group, leading Microsoft's Database, Big Data and Machine Learning products.

Joseph joined Microsoft in fall 2013 from Amazon.com Inc. where he was most recently the vice president for the Global Inventory Platform, responsible for the science and software behind Amazon's supply chain and order fulfillment systems, as well as the central Machine Learning group, which he built and led.

Before joining Amazon, he worked for Fair Isaac Corp. as vice president of research and development, where he led R&D projects for DARPA, homeland security and several government organizations. He is passionate about machine learning and its applications and has been active in the field since 1990.

Joseph holds a PhD in Computer Science from the University of Texas at Austin and a B. Tech. in Computer Science & Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology Chennai.

Last November, Red Hat and Microsoft partnered to give customers choice and flexibility for building, deploying, and managing applications across public and private clouds. With this "better together" mindset, customers can get the best of both worlds with unmatched flexibility in the cloud industry that meets customers where they are so that they can do more with hybrid cloud deployments.

Tom Soderstrom

Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Tom Soderstrom

IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer, Jet Propulsion Laboratory

Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

Tom is the IT Chief Technology and Innovation Officer at the Jet Propulsion Laboratory. He leads a collaborative, practical, and hands-on approach with JPL and industry to investigate and infuse emerging IT technology trends that are relevant to JPL, NASA, and enterprises.

Tom has led remote teams and large scale IT best practices and tools development and change efforts in small startups, large commercial companies, in international venues, and in the US Government arena.

Tom is currently working on defining and implementing The Next IT Decade as it applies to enterprises like JPL. He is consulting with industry and government leaders on what we can do about key disrupters such as Social media and consumerization, Crowd Sourcing, Mobility, Analytics / Big Data, Cloud computing, Internet of Things, and how to transform IT into Innovating Together. In other words: how we will work in the future.

Burr Sutter

Red Hat

Burr Sutter

Product Management Director, Developer Products, Red Hat

Wednesday, 8:30 a.m.

Burr Sutter is responsible for the middleware developer's experience, covering tools and frameworks at Red Hat. Burr is currently an Oracle Java Champion, and was previously president of the Atlanta Java Users Group, founder of the DevNexus conference, and founder of the Atlanta chapter of the IASA.

David Ward

Cisco

David Ward

Senior Vice President, Chief Architect and CTO Engineering, Cisco

Wednesday, 1:45 p.m.

As CTO and Chief Architect at Cisco Systems, David is responsible for defining strategy and leading research and development of new innovation via tight partnerships with customers and academia. He is known in the industry because of his knowledge and expertise in IP/MPLS routing, high availability, network design, and systems software. He is the Routing Area Director at the IETF and chair of four Working Groups: IS-IS, HIP, BFD and Softwires.

Corinne Warnshuis

Girl Develop It

Corinne Warnshuis

Executive Director, Girl Develop It

Thursday, 1:45 p.m.

Corinne is a passionate advocate for community–centered movements and their power to change the world. Prior to becoming the first Executive Director of Girl Develop It, she co–led the organization's Philadelphia chapter to become one of the organization's largest and most active. She has previously worked with the Technical.ly news network, producing large–scale technology conferences like Philly Tech Week and Baltimore Innovation Week, and at WHYY, Philadelphia's NPR and PBS affiliate, in community relations. Corinne has spoken at the White House, Dreamforce, Lesbians Who Tech Summit, Code Conf, OSCON and more. A native Californian, Corinne moved to Philadelphia after graduating from University of California – Santa Cruz with a degree in Sociology and Film & Digital Media. She is based in Philadelphia.

Chris Wright

Red Hat

Chris Wright

Vice President and Chief Technologist, Red Hat

Thursday, 8:30 a.m.

Top presenters

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Josh Bressers

Red Hat

Josh Bressers

Security strategist, Red Hat

Josh Bressers has been involved in security at Red Hat for more than 10 years. Josh has overseen a number of high profile security issues such as Heartbleed and Shellshock, and works to understand the current security needs of Red Hat products as well as planning for future security requirements.

Thomas Cameron

Red Hat

Thomas Cameron

Global solutions architect leader, Red Hat

Thomas Cameron is the global solutions architect leader in the technical enablement team at Red Hat. He has been in the information technology industry since 1993, and has held certifications as a Novell Certified NetWare Engineer and a Microsoft Certified Systems Engineer/Trainer. Thomas is currently a Red Hat Certified Architect (RHCA), a Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist (RHCDS), a Red Hat Certified Security Specialist (RHCSS), a Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator (RHCVA), and and a Red Hat Certified Examiner (RHCX). Thomas sits on the systems management subject matter expert team at Red Hat.

Lars Herrmann

Red Hat

Lars Herrmann

General manager, Integrated Solutions, Red Hat

With more than 15 years of experience in the IT industry and with open source software, Lars Herrmann leads the Integrated Solutions Business Unit. In this role, he drives the direction and strategy for Red Hat's integrated cloud solution portfolio. In addition, he leads strategic initiatives such as the company's strategy for Linux containers. Prior to this role, Lars served as a member of the Red Hat management team in the EMEA region, running the Solution Architects organization.

Rich Jerrido

Red Hat

Rich Jerrido

Technical product marketing manager, Red Hat

Rich Jerrido has worked with Linux since 1999 and with virtualization since 2000. Rich is the Technical Product Marketing Manager for Red Hat Satellite, assisting customers in efficiently deploying their infrastructures in support of their business objectives. Particularly, he focuses on lifecycle management, content management and governance of all things Red Hat (servers, content, configuration and subscriptions).

Ohad Levy

Red Hat

Ohad Levy

Principal software engineer, Red Hat

Ohad Levy is a principal software engineer in Red Hat's cloud team, where he focuses on Foreman and Katello Projects. Prior to this role, he was responsible for large scale operations management, and known to develop and manage a fairly large puppet infrastructure a few years back.

Ellen Newlands

Red Hat

Ellen Newlands

Product manager, Red Hat

Ellen Newlands is responsible for the product management of Identity Management in Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the Red Hat Directory Server and the Red Hat Certificate System products in the Cloud Management Business Unit.

Before joining Red Hat, she was a product manager at CA Technologies for the SiteMinder product and at RSA Security for SecureID. She holds an MBA from the Sloan School at MIT and a BS from UMass, Amherst.

Dmitri Pal

Red Hat

Dmitri Pal

Director, Software Engineering, Red Hat

Dmitri Pal is responsible for the identity management projects and products in the Red Hat portfolio, including Red Hat Directory Server, certificate system, Samba, Kerberos, SSSD (System Security Services Daemon), and the IdM server built using FreeIPA (Identity, Policy, Audit) technology. Dmitri has more than 18 years of security-related software engineering and product management experience. He serves as a Red Hat representative at the MIT Kerberos Consortium board of directors.

Dan Walsh

Red Hat

Dan Walsh

Consulting engineer, Red Hat

Daniel Walsh has worked in the computer security field for over 30 years. Dan joined Red Hat in August 2001. Dan leads the Red Hat Enterprise Linux Docker enablement team since August 2013, but has been working on container technology for several years. He has led the SELinux project, concentrating on the application space and policy development. Dan helped developed sVirt, Secure Virtualization. He also created the SELinux Sandbox, the Xguest user and the Secure Kiosk. Previously, Dan worked Netect/Bindview's on Vulnerability Assessment Products and at Digital Equipment Corporation working on the Athena Project, AltaVista Firewall/Tunnel (VPN) Products.