Hear what’s next, from industry pioneers

Learn from IT leaders at the forefront of the latest technologies and trends at this year’s Red Hat® Summit 2020 Virtual Experience.

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Chart your path forward with insights from Red Hat executives and innovative thought leaders. Check back here for updates to our speaker lineup.

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Jim Whitehurst

President and Chief Executive Officer, Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst is president and chief executive officer of Red Hat. Whitehurst has grown Red Hat and its influence with key milestones—including becoming the first US$1 billion revenue open source software company in 2012 and most notably, the landmark acquisition of Red Hat by IBM for US$34 billion in 2019. In addition, Red Hat was named to Forbes’s World’s Most Innovative Companies list six times. Barron’s named him one of the World’s Best CEOs in 2018.

In 2015, Whitehurst published a book, The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance, showing how open principles of management can help organizations navigate and succeed in a fast-paced connected era.

Prior to Red Hat, Whitehurst served as chief operating officer at Delta Air Lines and as partner at The Boston Consulting Group.

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Stefanie Chiras

Vice President and General Manager, Red Hat Enterprise Linux Business Unit, Red Hat

Dr. Stefanie Chiras is the Vice President and General Manager of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux organization at Red Hat. The Red Hat Enterprise Linux organization is responsible for the successful definition, execution, and delivery of Red Hat Enterprise Linux. Dr. Chiras’s organization sets the worldwide business standards and works in tandem with customers and partners to ensure Red Hat Enterprise Linux exceeds market demands.

As Vice President and General Manager of the Red Hat Enterprise Linux organization, Chiras drives an adaptive and collaborative approach to the strategic implementation of Red Hat Enterprise Linux, from transforming customer deployments to delivering the technical foundation for the entire Red Hat portfolio. Her teams also enable engineering relationships and execution for the wide ecosystem of Red Hat partners.

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Paul Cormier

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's technologies. He joined Red Hat in May 2001 as executive vice president of engineering.

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®. He has been instrumental in forging tight partnerships with many leading technology companies.

Before Red Hat, Cormier served as senior vice president of research and development at BindView, helping the company achieve market leadership in 2000.

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Brian Gerkey

Chief Executive Officer, Open Robotics

Brian Gerkey is the Chief Executive Officer of Open Robotics, an organization that develops and drives adoption of open source software in robotics.

Before Open Robotics, Gerkey was Director of Open Source Development at Willow Garage, where they focused primarily on Robot Operating System (ROS). Before Willow, he was a computer scientist in the SRI Artificial Intelligence Center.

Among other accolades, Gerkey was recognized by MIT Technology Review with the TR35 Award and by Silicon Valley Business Journal with their 40 Under 40 Award. Gerkey frequently speaks about topics including robotics, autonomy, and open source at conferences and with media outlets such as EmTech, Techonomy, All Things Open, TechCrunch Sessions, and Bloomberg Technology.

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Matt Hicks

Senior Vice President, Engineering, Red Hat

Matt Hicks is the Senior Vice President of Engineering at Red Hat. He is responsible for all product engineering at Red Hat, including products such as Red Hat OpenShift, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, Red Hat Middleware, Red Hat OpenStack Platform, and Red Hat Ansible Automation Platform. Hicks has been with Red Hat for 14 years, experiencing it grow from a single product company to a multi-billion dollar enterprise. He was one of the founding members of the OpenShift team and has been on the forefront of cloud computing ever since.

With over 20 years of experience in Linux, Hicks has always had a passion for combining infrastructure and application technologies. Prior to Red Hat, he had several years at IBM as well as startup experience where he served in a variety of roles spanning engineering, IT, and consulting. That breadth of experience has allowed Hicks to help guide technology to solve customer and business problems across all areas of IT.

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Burr Sutter

Global Director of Developer Experience, Red Hat

A lifelong developer advocate, community organizer, and technology evangelist, Burr Sutter is a featured speaker at technology events around the globe—from Bangalore to Brussels and Berlin to Beijing (and most parts in between). He is currently Red Hat’s Director of Developer Experience.

A Java Champion since 2005 and former president of the Atlanta Java User Group, Sutter founded the DevNexus conference, now the largest Java event in the U.S., with the aim of making access to the world’s leading developers affordable to the developer community. When not speaking abroad, Sutter is also the passionate creator and orchestrator of highly-interactive live demos at Red Hat Summit, the company’s premier annual event.

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Chris Wright

Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat

Chris Wright is Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer (CTO) at Red Hat. Wright leads the Office of the CTO, which is responsible for incubating emerging technologies and developing forward-looking perspectives on innovations such as artificial intelligence, cloud computing, distributed storage, software defined networking and network functions virtualization, containers, automation and continuous delivery, and distributed ledger.

During his more than 20 years as a software engineer, Wright has worked in the telecommunications industry on high-availability and distributed systems, and in the Linux industry on security, virtualization, and networking. He has been a Linux developer for more than 15 years, most of that 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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