Speakers

Visionary keynotes and presentations from industry leaders

Featured keynote speakers

The Red Hat Summit main stage features keynote presentations by Red Hat executives, strategic partners, and industry experts.

Jim Whitehurst

Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst

President and Chief Executive Officer, Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst is president and chief executive officer of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services. Whitehurst is an avid advocate for open software as a catalyst for business innovation. With a background in business development, finance, and global operations, Whitehurst has proven expertise in helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and business environments. Since joining in January, 2008, he has more than doubled the company’s revenue. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2015, 2014, and 2012.

Armughan Ahmad

Dell EMC

Armughan Ahmad

Senior Vice President and General Manager, Solutions and Alliances, Dell EMC

Armughan Ahmad is responsible for leading Dell EMC workload-oriented solution teams across 4 global theaters to encourage cross selling of server, storage, and network solutions through direct and indirect channel sales. The global solutions and alliances team is focused on improving customer outcomes using Blueprint solutions for SDx, big data, hybrid cloud, and enterprise application solutions.

Paul Cormier

Red Hat

Paul Cormier

Executive Vice President and President, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

Paul Cormier leads Red Hat's technology and products organizations, including engineering, product management, and product marketing for Red Hat technologies. He joined Red Hat in May 2001 as executive vice president, engineering. Before Red Hat, Cormier served as senior vice president of research and development at BindView, helping the company achieve market leadership in 2000.

Kelsey Hightower

Google

Kelsey Hightower

Staff Developer Advocate, Google Cloud Platform, Google

Kelsey Hightower has worn every hat possible throughout his career in technology, and he enjoys leadership roles focused on making things happen and shipping software. He's a strong open source advocate focused on building simple tools that make people smile.

Alicia Gibb

Open Source Hardware Association

Alicia Gibb

Executive Director, Open Source Hardware Association

Alicia Gibb is an advocate for open hardware, a researcher, and a hardware hacker. Gibb has worked in the open source hardware community since 2008. She is the founder and executive director of the Open Source Hardware Association (OSHWA), a nonprofit organization focused on educating the benefits of building and using open source hardware. She founded OSHWA after founding and chairing the Open Hardware Summit—a conference to discuss open source business, manufacturing, legal implications, and hardware.

Gibb also directs the Blow Things Up (BTU) Lab, an interdisciplinary hackerspace at the ATLAS Institute at Colorado University in Boulder, Colorado. She teaches and leads student projects in the areas of physical computing and information technology.

Pat Healy

Deutsche Bank

Pat Healy

CTO of Infrastructure and Shared Technologies, Deutsche Bank

Pat Healey joined Deutsche Bank in July 2015 as the CTO and the head of engineering for the chief technology office. There, Healey focuses on Platform-as-a-Service and architecture while defining and implementing Deutsche Bank’s software development lifecycle. Healey started his career in games development before graduating with a bachelor’s of science degree in computer science from the University of Kent. He worked on all aspects of software development for a variety of financial institutions, including Prudential, Robert Fleming, and Credit Suisse First Boston (CSFB) in London and New York. Healey left the industry in 1999 for 7 years to run his own software, hardware, and IT recruitment businesses, but returned to the industry in 2006 as an employee of Dresdner Kleinwort—where he spent the last 8 years at the Royal Bank of Scotland in a variety of roles that ultimately led to his placement as head of engineering and shared services technology for investment banking. Healey is half-Greek, married with two children, and enjoys competing in Ironman triathlons, kitesurfing, and anything remotely related to technology.

Jason Hoffman

Ericsson

Jason Hoffman

Vice president, Head of Product Area, Cloud Infrastructure, Ericsson

Jason Hoffman is the head of the cloud infrastructure product area at Ericsson and is the area P&L owner for business unit IT and the cloud. He is considered one the pioneers of large-scale cloud computing—particularly in regards to containers; asynchronous, high concurrency runtimes and hyperscale servers; storage; and networking designs. Hoffman holds several early patents and is an angel investor, strategy and execution advisor, and venture and private equity advisor. He has served on several boards, has bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of California, Los Angeles and a Ph.D. from the University of California, San Diego. Hoffman is a San Francisco native who now lives in Stockholm with his wife and children.

Jay Jamison

HPE

Jay Jamison

Vice President, Strategy, HPE

Jay Jamison is the Vice President of Strategy for HPE’s software-defined and cloud division. Prior to joining HPE in 2013, Jay was a partner at BlueRun Ventures, where he focused on early-stage venture. In addition, he worked at Microsoft for nearly 10 years in both the U.S. and Japan. Jay received his undergraduate degree at Duke University and an MBA from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. Jay regularly speaks and writes about entrepreneurship and technology. He has mentored at the Founders Institute and Wharton West—the Wharton School's San Francisco, California, campus. Jay's articles have appeared on TechCrunch and on the Wall Street Journal's All Things Digital blog. Jay lives in California with his wife and two sons. He enjoys skiing, playing ice hockey, and crossfit, and both Jay and his wife are involved in the International Justice Mission.

Ian Penny

Barclays

Ian Penny

Managing Director and CTO of Infrastructure, Barclays

Ian Penny is managing director and CTO of infrastructure at Barclays. Penny has worked in the financial, pharmaceutical, and research industries for the past 20 years—leading technology teams as they solve critical business issues. Prior to joining Barclays in 2014, he was managing director for distributed technology engineering and architecture at JPMorgan. He served as managing director of technology core services at Bear Stearns, and as director of enterprise strategy and architecture at Pfizer. Penny began his career as a U.K. government research scientist and has published papers on parallel computing and low-latency networking. He serves as chair of the University of Kent computing industrial panel and is a fellow of the British Computer Society (FBCS).

Sandra L. Rivera

Intel

Sandra L. Rivera

Sandra L. Rivera, Corporate Vice President, Data Center Group, Intel

Sandra L. Rivera is corporate vice president of the data center group and a general manager of the network platforms group at Intel®. She is responsible for the business group charged with providing innovative technology and solutions to the networking industry.

Rivera joined Intel in 2000 as a marketing director for a new division that resulted from the company’s acquisition of Dialogic Corporation. During her Intel career, she has held various marketing and business development roles focused on network infrastructure, including product marketing, segment marketing, and channel and ecosystem marketing. Prior to her current position, Rivera led the global market development team responsible for communications and storage infrastructure segments. In 2015, Intel recognized Rivera with its highest honor, the Intel Achievement Award, for helping to transform the telecommunications industry with Intel architecture technologies and network functions virtualization (NFV).

Rivera is a board member of the Telecommunications Industry Association, the Alliance for Telecommunications Industry Solutions, and the Open Platform for NFV Project—where she also serves as the marketing chair.

Kirk Skaugen

Lenovo

Kirk Skaugen

Executive Vice President and President, Data Center Group, Lenovo

Kirk Skaugen is executive vice president and president of Lenovo’s data center group. Named to the position in November 2016, he is responsible for growing Lenovo's global footprint in data center solutions including server, storage, networking, and related software and services. Lenovo is ranked first in customer satisfaction in Technology Business Research’s Corporate IT Buying Behavior & Customer Satisfaction Study for x86-based servers. Lenovo is also ranked second in the global top-500 supercomputer rankings with 99 systems powering more than 3 million processor cores supporting the world's greatest health and scientific breakthroughs. Skaugen has a bachelor’s degree in electrical engineering from Purdue University.

Sam Ramji

Google

Sam Ramji

Vice president of Product Management, Cloud Platform, Google

A more than 20-year veteran of the Silicon Valley and Seattle technology scenes, Sam Ramji is vice president of product management for Google Cloud Platform (GCP). He was the founding CEO of Cloud Foundry Foundation, was chief strategy officer for Apigee, designed and led Microsoft's open source strategy, founded the Outercurve Foundation, and directed product strategy for BEA WebLogic Integration. Ramji previously built distributed systems and client software at firms, including Broderbund, Fair Isaac, and Ofoto; advisesmultiple companies, including Accenture, Insight Engines, and the Linux® Foundation; and served on the World Economic Forum’s Industrial Internet Working Group. He received his bachelor's of science degree in cognitive science from University of California, San Diego in 1994.

Julia White

Microsoft

Julia White

Corporate Vice President, Azure and Security Marketing, Microsoft

Julia White has been working on commercial software and cloud services long before it was cool. Now focused on the Microsoft Cloud with special attention on Azure, enterprise security, and IT management, White makes sure the cloud is a place all organizations can trust to run their business.

Top presenters

Red Hat Summit attendees—yep, that’s you—complete session surveys to determine our top presenters each year. Check out some of our top rated presenters who are back for 2017.

Ben Breard

Red Hat

Ben Breard

Technology Product Manager for Linux Containers, Red Hat

Ben Breard is the technology product manager for Linux® containers at Red Hat, where he focuses on improving the container roadmap, Red Hat®Enterprise Linux Atomic Host, and evangelizing open source technology in his free time. Previously he was a solutions architect and and worked closely with key customers around cloud/systems management, virtualization, and all things Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Ben joined Red Hat in 2010 and currently works out of Dallas, Texas.

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 , a Red Hat Certified Datacenter Specialist, a Red Hat Certified Security Specialist, a Red Hat Certified Virtualization Administrator, and a Red Hat Certified Examiner. Thomas sits on the systems management subject matter expert team at Red Hat.

Rich Jerrido

Red Hat

Rich Jerrido

Technical Product Marketing Manager, Red Hat

Rich Jerrido has worked with Linux® since 1999 and virtualization since 2000. Jerrido is the technical product marketing manager for Red Hat® Satellite, where he assists customers in efficiently deploying their infrastructures in support of their business objectives. He is focused on lifecycle management, content management, and governance for customers' Red Hat content, configurations, and subscriptions.

Lucy Kerner

Red Hat

Lucy Kerner

Technical Product Marketing Manager - Security, Red Hat

Lucy Kerner is the principal technical product marketing manager for security at Red Hat. As part of the infrastructure business group, she is a global security technology evangelist and supports the security group’s market strategy across the Red Hat portfolio. Prior to this role, she was a senior cloud solutions architect in Red Hat's North America public sector team. Lucy has more than 14 years of professional experience as both a software and hardware development engineer and a solutions architect. Prior to joining Red Hat, she worked at IBM as both a mainframe microprocessor design engineer and a solutions architect. She has also interned at Apple, Cadence, Lockheed Martin, and MITRE, where she worked on both software and hardware development. Lucy graduated from Carnegie Mellon University with bachelor’s and master’s degrees in electrical and computer engineering and a minor in Spanish.

Adam Miller

Red Hat

Adam Miller

Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

Adam Miller is a member of the Fedora engineering team focusing on Fedora release engineering tooling. His work includes next-generation build systems, automation, and infrastructure. Adam received his bachelor’s of science in computer science and master’s of science in information assurance and security from Sam Houston State University. He is a Red Hat Certified Engineer, and an active member of the open source community with a running history of contributions to the Fedora project (FAS account name: maxamillion).

Ron Pacheco

Red Hat

Ron Pacheco

Director, Product Management Global, Red Hat

With more than 30 years of experience in the computing industry, Ron Pacheco leads the technology strategy practice for Red Hat’s infrastructure business group. His team covers everything from networking and storage to containers and security. Ron and his group are also responsible for defining the business strategy for Red Hat®Enterprise Linux®. Prior to this role, Ron was responsible for all of Red Hat Enterprise Linux releases.

Lennart Poettering

Red Hat

Lennart Poettering

Senior Software Engineer, Red Hat

Lennart Poettering grew up in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, and lives in Berlin, Germany. He works in Red Hat's plumbers next group, developing systemd and related projects.

Dan Walsh

Red Hat

Dan Walsh

Consulting Engineer, Red Hat

Daniel Walsh has worked in the computer security field for more than 30 years. Dan joined Red Hat in August 2001 and has lead the Red Hat® Enterprise Linux® Docker enablement team since August 2013, while working on container technology. He has led the SELinux project, concentrating on the application space and policy development, and also helped develop sVirt. He 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.