Explore what's next by hearing from industry pioneers

Red Hat® Summit 2023 represents an opportunity to share experiences and impact as we plot the future of open technology.

Keynote & demo speakers

Discover new perspectives on the current and future technology landscape with insights from open source leaders.

Customers & partners

Learn how Red Hat customers and partners use open source to address business challenges.

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Matt Hicks

President and CEO, Red Hat

Matt Hicks was named President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat in July 2022. In his previous role, he was Executive Vice President of Products and Technologies where he was responsible for product engineering for much of the company’s portfolio, including Red Hat® OpenShift® and Red Hat Enterprise Linux®. He is one of the founding members of the OpenShift team and has been at the forefront of cloud computing ever since.

Prior to joining Red Hat 16 years ago, Hicks served in various roles spanning computer engineering, IT, and consulting. He has worked with Linux and open source for more than 25 years, and his breadth of experience has helped him solve customer and business problems across all areas of IT.

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Chris Wright

Chief Technology Officer and SVP Global Engineering, Red Hat

Chris Wright is Chief Technology Officer and Senior Vice President of Global Engineering at Red Hat. He leads a team that guides Red Hat’s technology vision, co-creates technologies, and collaboratively implements change to ensure the success of Red Hat’s ecosystem of associates, customers, communities, and partners.

Wright’s organization includes: Office of the CTO, Ecosystem Engineering, Product Security, PnT Experience, Product Engineering, Customer Experience & Engagement, and Technology Strategy & Incubation.

During his 25+ years as a software engineer, Wright has worked in the telecommunications industry and beyond on high-availability and distributed systems. He also has experience in the Linux® industry on security, virtualization, and networking. Wright has been a Linux developer for more than 15 years, with most of this time spent working deep in the Linux kernel. He is passionate about open source software serving as the foundation for next-generation IT systems.

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Stefanie Chiras

Senior Vice President, Partner Ecosystem Success, Red Hat

Stefanie Chiras is Senior Vice President of Partner Ecosystem Success at Red Hat, leading Red Hat’s global partner ecosystem engagement, and she plays a critical role in articulating the value of Red Hat's product portfolio within the ecosystem, defining the strategy for partnering with Red Hat for customer success.

Prior to Red Hat, Chiras served as Vice President of Offering Management at IBM Cognitive Systems. As part of the Cognitive Systems brand team, she led worldwide business for the systems and software portfolios, AIX, IBM i, Linux®, and the cloud stack. She has extensive experience in both business and technology, including technical roles that range from silicon technology to system architecture.

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Ashesh Badani

Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer, Red Hat

Ashesh Badani is Senior Vice President and Chief Product Officer at Red Hat, where he leads the company’s broad hybrid cloud portfolio. This includes product development and go-to-market strategies for Red Hat® OpenShift®, Red Hat OpenStack® Platform, Red Hat Virtualization, and Red Hat developer tools. Under Badani’s leadership, the company expanded Red Hat OpenShift from an award-winning Platform-as-a-Service solution to the industry’s leading enterprise Kubernetes platform, with 1,000+ customers spanning all regions and industries.

Previously, Badani served as Director of Product Management and Product Marketing of Integration and Application Platform Products at Sun Microsystems. He has more than 20 years of experience in the technology and finance industries at both established and emerging companies.

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Kaete Piccirilli

Director, Product Marketing, Red Hat

Kaete is the Director of Product Marketing for Red Hat Ansible Automation. She has been part of the Ansible business unit for the past seven years. Prior to joining Red Hat, she was the Product Marketing Manager for a DevOps implementation training and consulting company.

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Walter Bentley

Director of Community Strategy, Red Hat

Walter Bentley is the Director of Community Strategy for Red Hat Ansible Automation. Moving into this role, Walter was able to return to his roots where he started his Ansible journey back in 2014. He has the privilege of representing the Ansible community on a leadership level within Red Hat.

Walter spends his time helping to fulfill the community’s needs and create opportunities to support their overall success. His passion is to evangelize the energy and connecting power of automation by encouraging everyone using Ansible to feel included within the community.

Walter has more than 20 years of experience in many areas including online marketing, financial services, insurance, aviation, education, technology, and the food industry. He loves presenting and speaking regularly at conferences like Red Hat Summit, AnsibleFest, and participating in webinars, blog posts, and technical reviews. His first book, OpenStack Administration with Ansible, was released in 2016.

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Matthew Jones

Distinguished Engineer and Chief Ansible Architect, Red Hat

Matthew Jones is a Distinguished Engineer and Chief Architect of Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and was one of the original developers for Ansible working on Ansible Tower. He has more than 20 years of experience building highly scalable software systems across startups and enterprises.

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Richard Henshall

Director, Product Management, Red Hat

Richard Henshall is Director of Ansible Product Management at Red Hat and responsible for the Ansible Automation Platform strategy. Before joining Red Hat, Richard was an Ansible customer with 16 years of experience in financial services IT across a range of operational, design, and architecture roles.

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Tom Anderson

Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat

Tom is Vice President and General Manager for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform and its business strategy. His focus is to help customers automate the delivery of infrastructure and application services to their business with Red Hat hybrid cloud solutions. During his 9 years at Red Hat, Tom has led the Certified Cloud Service Provider program and was a leader of the Cloud Practice in the Consulting Services organization. He has more than 25 years of software industry experience, taking emerging technology solutions to the enterprise market with a track record of successfully establishing and maintaining lasting customer relationships. Tom joined Red Hat through the acquisition of ManageIQ where he was an original employee and Principal responsible for global field operations.

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Craig Brandt

Principal Technical Marketing Manager, Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, Red Hat

Craig Brandt is a Principal Technical Marketing Manager for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. Prior to this position, Craig served as a Solution Architect representing Red Hat at the IBM Services Integration Hub. He focused on large, complex deals across EMEA, LATAM, and Canada. He brings over 16 years of experience in automation, containerization, management, operations, development, and solution design.

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Colin McNaughton

Principal Technical Marketing Manager, Red Hat

Colin is a Technical Marketing Manager working with Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform where he currently concentrates on infrastructure automation use cases and automation creator experience.

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Nuno Martins

Principal Technical Marketing Manager, Ansible, Red Hat

Nuno is a Technical Marketing Manager for Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. He is a Red Hat Certified Architect and a Certified Instructor with more than 15 years of experience in multiple technologies. Currently based in South Africa, he has worked extensively in Europe and Africa.

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Erwan Granger

Architect, Red Hat

For the last 20 years, Erwan Granger has strived to become an m-shaped IT professional. In the Pharma industry, he gained a deep appreciation for the importance of data and analytics. As a Consultant and then Architect for a large independent software vendor, he developed a passion for identifying and removing friction. Erwan is now a Senior Principal Architect with the Red Hat OpenShift Data Science team. He spends most days applying curiosity and skills to help customers on their Data Science journey.

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Serena Chechile

Senior Principal Product Manager Developer Tools, Distinguished Engineer, Red Hat

Serena Chechile is Senior Principal Product Manager focused on the Developer Experience and a Distinguished Engineer. Serena previously worked in the Red Hat User Experience Design (UXD) team, leading the UX efforts on the OpenShift Console since Red Hat OpenShift 3.7. With a robust user experience and development background, she works closely with Experience Architects, UX, and Engineering to promote a collaborative environment for a consistent and delightful end-to-end developer experience.

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Emily Bock

Senior Product Manager - Ansible, Red Hat

Emily is a Product Manager with the Ansible BU that focuses on Partner ISV onboarding, certified collections, and Ansible Analytics.

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Chris Morgan

Senior Director, Red Hat

Chris Morgan is the Senior Director of Customer and Field Engagement for Red Hat hybrid platforms, which includes Red Hat® OpenShift®, Red OpenStack® Platform, managed services, and Red Hat Virtualization. He has almost 30 years of experience in various areas of cloud and application technologies, with the last 15 years of that experience with Red Hat as an original member of the OpenShift team. Prior to Red Hat, Chris spent a large portion of his early career at IBM, where he worked on cross-brand initiatives to bring the various IBM software products together as cohesive solutions. His experience has spanned many roles allowing him to research and work on ideas and solutions to address next-generation markets.

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Rich Jerrido

Senior Principal Product Manager & Team Lead, Red Hat

Rich Jerrido is a Product Manager and Team Lead for the hybrid cloud subscription experience team at Red Hat, focused on delivering subscription and metering tools for Red Hat customers and partners.

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Kris Murphy

Senior Principal Software Engineer, Red Hat

Kris Murphy works in Red Hat's Office of the CTO on strategy for emerging technologies that might impact Red Hat’s market. Her current focus areas are computational infrastructure and next-generation hardware and architectures.

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Vincent Danen

Vice President, Product Security, Red Hat

Vincent is the Vice President of Red Hat Product Security, with interest and experience in computer security, vulnerability response, operating system design, security, and development. He has been working in the security field, specifically around Linux and operating system security, for more than 20 years. These days his focus is more on growing talented leaders and leadership skills and protecting customers and communities from existing and emerging digital security threats. Vincent believes in open source principles, such as meritocracy, transparency, collaboration, and uses them daily to achieve these goals along with core personal principles such as integrity, honesty, and trust.

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Emily Brand

Global Ecosystem SA Leader, Red Hat

As the Global Ecosystem Presales Leader focusing on our partnerships in the field, I have the opportunity to work with our customers and partners at all levels of the organization on how our products can improve their daily lives. Any type of change is difficult and removing the obstacles to do so increases customer loyalty and partnership.

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Bernhard Eschermann

CTO Process Automation, ABB

Bernhard Eschermann is Chief Technology Officer of Process Automation, Head of Process Control Platform, and a member of the Group Technology Leadership team for ABB since 2013. He joined ABB in 1993 and has held a variety of management positions within the company. Prior to his current role, he served as General Manager of Power Semiconductors for ABB from 2006 through 2012. From 2001 to 2006, he was Managing Director for ABB’s Corporate Research Center in Switzerland. Other roles included responsibility for R&D organizations in Substation Automation and Power Electronic systems. Outside of ABB, he is a board member of OPC Foundation and serves on the Innovation Council of Innosuisse, the Swiss federal agency for the promotion of innovation projects. He is also a member of Swiss Academy of Technical Sciences (SATW) and a member of the board of Hasler Foundation and Metall Zug AG.

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Christian Uebber


Christian Uebber is the CTO of ETAS. ETAS embedded operating systems and middleware run billions of vehicles. Christian’s passions are high performance software development and developer productivity, which is often a challenge for the automotive industry. Before his current role, Christian worked 5 years as Chief Software Architect for Advanced Driver Assistance at Robert Bosch GmbH, where he led the transformation from a classical multiproject to a highly automated continuous delivery organization.

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Dr. Ruchir Puri

Chief Scientist, IBM Research

Dr. Ruchir Puri is the Chief Scientist of IBM Research, an IBM Fellow, and Vice President of IBM Corporate Technology. He led IBM Watson as CTO and Chief Architect from 2016-2019 and has held various technical, research, and engineering leadership roles across IBM’s AI and Research businesses.

Dr. Puri is a Fellow of the IEEE, and has been an ACM Distinguished Speaker, an IEEE Distinguished Lecturer, and was awarded 2014 Asian American Engineer of the Year. Ruchir has been an adjunct professor at Columbia University, NY, and a visiting scientist at Stanford University, CA. He was honored with the John Von-Neumann Chair at Institute of Discrete Mathematics at Bonn University, Germany.

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Tom Gilbert

Head of Cloud and Middleware, Group Technology Infrastructure Services, Barclays

Tom is Barclays Head of Cloud and Middleware, Group Technology Infrastructure Services. He has spent his career building and running large scale platforms for hosting enterprise applications, and led private, public, and hybrid cloud organizations. Tom has been an application developer, infrastructure and platform engineer, and enjoys dedicating his energy and experience using the impact of technology so our technologists can be productive for the good of the organization, our customers, and our employees.

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Jeremy Winter

Corporate Vice President, Azure Cloud Native, Microsoft

Pioneering Microsoft’s cloud-first Azure management offerings today, Jeremy brings more than 25 years of experience as a developer, operations, and program manager to his role. An entrepreneur at heart, Jeremy identifies market gaps and is passionate about innovating new solutions to empower customers, whether producing a new solution or building a business. His leadership is centered on people, trust, and humility.

As the product leader of Cloud Native and Hybrid, Jeremy is responsible for a broad portfolio delivering the common control plane (ARM), hybrid (Azure Arc), and cloud-native (Kubernetes and Upstream) application platform and ecosystem engagement. Each dimension of his portfolio is key to supporting the workloads of today and the future. The depth of his hands-on experience juggling the multitude of complexities of Hotmail Operations and managing the Systems Center portfolio is foundational to his holistic approach to business. Jeremy is a champion for people and culture, leading the Azure Core approach to a distributed work culture, piloting new approaches such as no-meeting weeks, and learning and scaling insights to the organization. He is a sought-after mentor, known for growing leaders who are early in their career to senior leadership roles.

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Ruba Borno

Vice President, Worldwide Channels & Alliances at AWS, AWS

Ruba Borno is the Vice President, Worldwide Channels & Alliances for Amazon Web Services (AWS), the world’s most comprehensive and broadly adopted cloud platform. Central to the success of AWS and its customers, Ruba leads the AWS Partner Organization (APO), a global team responsible for recruiting, enabling, buying, and selling with more than 100,000 companies in more than 150 countries, within the AWS Partner Network (APN). APO provides the most innovative programs and services to its diverse partner community of global system integrators (SIs), regional and national SIs, solutions providers, distributors, data providers, service providers, consulting partners, and independent software vendors to build and scale their businesses. She is also responsible for AWS Marketplace and AWS Data Exchange, helping customers move quickly and responsibly to the cloud by making it easy to find, subscribe, and govern third-party software, data, and professional services.

Prior to joining AWS, Ruba held several leadership positions over the course of her six-year tenure with Cisco, a leader in IP-based networking technologies: Vice President, Growth Initiatives and Chief of Staff to the CEO (2015-2018); Vice President and General Manager, Cisco Managed Services (2018-2020); and SVP and General Manager of Cisco’s Global Customer Experience (CX) Centers (2020-2021), where she led a team of 18,000 engineers to deliver Cisco’s full services portfolio including technical, professional, and managed services, as well as customer success and supply chain and logistics.

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Jeni Panhorst

Vice President, Network & Edge Group, General Manager, Network & Edge Compute Division, Intel Corporation

Jeni Barovian Panhorst is a Vice President in the Network & Edge Group and General Manager of the Network & Edge Compute Division at Intel Corporation. She leads the business responsible for delivering silicon, software, and platforms for network and edge computing infrastructure, leading transformation across wireline, wireless, cloud, and enterprise networks as well as federal and industrial, health, and education, video security, and transportation sectors within IoT. Jeni also heads sustainability for the Network & Edge Group, activating the innovation required to deliver future network and edge infrastructure that is energy efficient, carbon aware, and carbon responsive.

Upon graduating college, Jeni joined Intel in 1999 as part of the Rotation Engineers Program. Since then, she has held a variety of technical and leadership positions. As a Platform Applications Engineer, she helped to create the first low-power Intel® Xeon® processors and served as technical account owner for one of Intel’s largest customers. She was a Platform Application Engineering Manager in the Embedded Intel Architecture Division where she was responsible for leading a worldwide customer enabling organization. In her role as Platform Solutions Architect, she helped establish the foundation for Intel’s network media processing business. Jeni also served as the Product Line Director for the Communications Infrastructure Division, responsible for defining and marketing Intel products for network infrastructure equipment. More recently, Jeni was responsible for business, technology, and product strategy for the Network Platforms Group.

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Eric Parsons

Head of Cloud RAN Engineering Unit, Ericsson

Eric Parsons is the Head of Cloud RAN Engineering Unit at Ericsson. He is a recognized industry leader in Cloud RAN technologies, collaborating with partners to develop a strong industry ecosystem across all relevant technology layers from silicon to cloud infrastructure to network automation and RAN intelligence.

Parsons held numerous leadership positions in research and design, standardization, and product management during his extensive career in telecommunications. Prior to his current role, Parsons held the position of Head of Product Line 4G and RAN Mobile Broadband, where he led the launch of a number of technology-firsts, including VoLTE, LTE Carrier Aggregation, LAA, and LTE-M/ NB-IoT. During this time, Parsons also led a unit responsible for the incubation of cloud RAN for LTE, the results of which now form the foundation for Ericsson’s Cloud RAN portfolio.

Before Ericsson, Parsons was a member of the architecture leadership for CDMA & LTE RAN in Nortel and responsible for coordinating standardization efforts in 3GPP and 3GPP2. He was a key contributor to harmonization efforts between these forums to support an evolutionary path towards 3GPP globally.

Connect with Eric Parsons on LinkedIn and on Twitter @ericvparsons.

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Todd Pavone

President, Strategic Partnerships, Dell Technologies

Todd Pavone is an inspirational executive who has consistently transformed businesses in the technology industry by developing and innovating products, services, and solutions while achieving record-breaking sales and ROI growth throughout his career. He is recognized as a thought leader with a proven ability to execute. Todd has expertise in strategic planning, mergers and acquisitions, sales, marketing, engineering, manufacturing, and services. Todd has a relentless focus on customers and partners and has a unique ability to translate customer requirements into innovative offerings that define new markets and generate significant incremental margins to the business.

In 2022, Todd was appointed the President of Dell Technologies Strategic Partnership organization—a new organization formed with a focus on elevating a select set of key partners to drive long term collaboration and growth. In this capacity, Todd leads a team of multidisciplinary experts focused on a handful of world–renowned companies.

Prior to this role, Todd was the CEO and President of Virtustream, a Dell Technologies business. Virtustream is a strategic cloud services business focused on high-value workloads. At Virtustream Todd had full P&L responsibilities. Previously, Todd was the President of Dell Technologies Consulting, where he led a 2000+ global organization with full P&L responsibility. Dell Technologies Consulting is a strategic operating business within the Dell Technologies portfolio of businesses.

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Yamandú Tellechea

Middleware Automation Lead, Mutua Madrileña

Yamandú is an expert in Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform, boasting 10 years of experience in the automation field and 4 years managing successful automation projects. With extensive expertise in technologies such as OpenShift, Yamandú has played a pivotal role in the transformation process of Mutua Madrileña, moving forward and modernizing their operations, including the implementation of GitOps and event-driven automation. With a strong interest in automation, he strives to eliminate manual and repetitive tasks by automating them with intelligent and scalable solutions.