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 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.
Keith Babo leads product management for integration middleware at Red Hat. Throughout the past 20 years, he has experienced everything integration middleware has to offer—the good, the bad, and the ugly (not necessarily in that order). Babo has held positions across the R&D, consulting, and product management departments at Red Hat, Sun Microsystems, and Intel Corporation.
Dr. Baumgart is the co-founder of easiER AG, a startup, based in Zurich, Switzerland. EasiER AG launched an innovative product in the medical industry aimed at increasing the efficiency of emergency room operations—the “ER” of “easiER”—through technology. The startup is now creating a mobile solution that uses the power of mobile and emergency room systems to optimize triage as patients access emergency room services. Dr. Baumgart is also the associate partner and scientist in the Universität Heidelberg’s innovation and health sciences department for economics and services research.
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.
James Falkner is a technology evangelist, teacher, learner, and author who is dedicated to open source and Red Hat's open computing philosophy. His career spans 20 years in the software industry, and includes roles up and down the software stack—from firmware and operating systems to middleware, and most recently as a technology evangelist in application development focusing on Linux® containers and modern app architectures.
John Felton is the vice president of IT enterprise services at Sprint. After joining Sprint in 1997, Felton designed and deployed the “One Sprint” messaging and security platform. By 2003, he was responsible for overall asset/cost containment and tracking for the entire enterprise and received 4 patents for the associated work. Felton was the overall lead for operation consolidation during the Sprint-Nextel merger, and today he is responsible for IT enterprise services—which spans data center management, infrastructure operations, NFVi, cloud technology engineering and design, network operations, help desk, distributed systems and support, unified communications, knowledge management, and asset management. Felton also plays a lead role in environmental stewardship and green IT at Sprint, and he encourages ecological practices across enterprise data centers. Felton more than 25-year career spans many nationally recognized organizations, such as Paranet Inc., AT&T, Ameritech, and HNTB Corporation. He received a bachelor’s degree in architecture from Missouri State University and a master’s degree in business administration from the University of Rockhurst.
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.
Caleb Harper is the principal investigator and director of the Open Agriculture (OpenAG) Initiative at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology Media Lab. Together with strategic partners, his group is developing an open-source agricultural hardware, software, and data common with the goal of creating a more agile, responsive, and collaborative food system.
Harper is a National Geographic Emerging Explorer (2015-2016) and a member of the World Economic Forum New Vision for Agriculture Transformation Leaders Network (2015-2016). His work has been featured by TIME, WIRED, The Economist, National Geographic, The Smithsonian, Huffington Post, Popular Science, IEEE, and TED.
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.
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.
John Hodgson is the senior director of enterprise cloud migration and adoption with Optum. He partners with Optum and UnitedHealthcare’s business and technology teams to provide the expertise, delivery support, and education that will support the evolution of Optum Cloud and the adoption of modern development technology standards. Hodgson interfaced across IT and business lines during his 22-year tenure with UnitedHealth Group, focusing on business development, telehealth, and the development of Optum Cloud. He recently moved from Minnesota to Arizona with his wife and 2 dogs—where he is loving the sunshine and opportunities to explore on his Harley.
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 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.
Todd Mancini is the lead product manager for developer tools at Red Hat, overseeing the management of both desktop and cloud-based development tools. He's also the product owner for Red Hat's distribution of language runtimes, such as OpenJDK and .NET Core. Mancini’s goal is to make stuff that make developers better.
Before joining Red Hat, Mancini’s 30-year career spanned software companies of all sizes (ranging from startups to Lotus Development Corp and Microsoft) and most software development roles (tester, developer, architect, engineering manager, technical sales, product management). His broad experience gives him unique perspectives on the broader challenges that come with delivering quality software on time.
Mark is the director and head of government digital services (GDS) at the Government Technology Agency of Singapore (GovTech)—which designs, develops, and deploys digital services for the good of the public. The GDS group supports emerging digital technology adoption and provides such technology solutions to government entities. Reporting to the government’s chief information officer, the GDS group supports several of the government’s national strategic transformation programs and seeks to help Singapore develop as a vibrant digital ecosystem with improved quality of life that is supported by digital technologies.
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.
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.
Christopher Rommel is responsible for syndicated research and consulting engagements focused on developing and deploying solutions for intelligent systems. He has helped a wide variety of clients respond to and capitalize on the leading trends impacting markets of next-generation devices—such as security, the Internet of Things (IoT), and machine-to-machine connectivity—and respond to the growing need for system-level lifecycle management solutions. Rommel has also led a range of proprietary consulting projects, including competitive analyses, strategic marketing initiative support, ecosystem development strategies, and vertical market opportunity assessments. Chris holds bachelor’s degrees in business economics and public and private sector organization from Brown University.
John Rzeszotarski is the director of DevOps at KeyBank, where he is responsible for the bank’s continuous delivery and release as well as the infrastructure development group. He helped start these groups and is focused on modernizing the infrastructure, bringing development principles into provisioning/configuration, and cultivating a culture of engineering at KeyBank. Before his primary focus on DevOps, Rzeszotarski was a senior architect responsible for corporate bank solution architecture and infrastructure architecture. Prior to joining KeyBank, Rzeszotarski was a consultant predominantly designing and developing solutions for financial services organizations. During this time, he designed and implemented large-scale enterprise solutions for Ernst & Young, Sallie Mae, Citizens Banks, and several retail companies. Rzeszotarski is passionate about the open source community and is an active contributor to open source projects. He and his wife are also active members in the Conservancy for the Cuyahoga Valley National Park.
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.
Dr. Dorothée Rhein Straub the co-founder of easiER AG, a startup based in Zurich, Switzerland. EasiER AG launched an innovative product in the medical industry aimed at increasing the efficiency of emergency room operations—the “ER” of “easiER”—through technology. The startup is now creating a mobile solution that uses the power of mobile and emergency room systems to optimize triage as patients access emergency room services. Dr. Straubis is also the co-chief physician of the emergency department at Canton Hospital of Lucerne, one of the largest hospitals in Switzerland.
Thompson has more than fifteen years of experience in technology building, deploying and operating solutions for the enterprise. As the general manager of OpenStack® private cloud, Bryan Thompson is responsible for acquiring and developing critical partnerships with customers adopting Rackspace private cloud solutions. Prior to joining Rackspace, Thompson served as vice president of product management at Tier 3. He also held product and technology leadership roles at Limelight Networks and Amazon.com.
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.
Peter Watkins is an executive director with the Ministry of Technology, Innovation, and Citizens’ Services and is responsible for British Columbia developers’ exchange and enterprise DevOps group—which uses the power of the tech community and app developers to creatively solve government business problems.
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 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 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 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 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).
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 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.
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.