Rabon brings more than 25 years of experience working in government and the private sector. He worked extensively with governments around the world to create market opportunities in emerging markets such as China and South America. Rabon will lead Red Hat's government affairs and public policy initiatives.
"Building a great global corporation requires experience in building strategic partnerships with governments and their communities in emerging markets such as China and South America," said Matthew Szulik, Chairman and CEO of Red Hat. "Tom's international experience and leadership skills add significant depth to the Red Hat management team."
Rabon most recently served as vice president of Global Government Affairs at Lucent (NYSE: LU) for six years. He led a team of government professionals in the U.S. and other countries who were responsible for representation of Lucent with all local, state, federal and international governments. Prior to that, Rabon spent 13 years as a state vice president of Law and Government Affairs at AT&T (NYSE: T). Prior to his work in the private sector, Rabon was a member of the North Carolina State Legislature. Rabon received a BA in political science from the University of North Carolina.
"Many governments deploy open source technologies so their nations can participate in the global knowledge based economy. Red Hat has the international presence, skills and ambition to lead this trend," said Tom Rabon. "I look forward to contributing to the acceleration of global adoption of Red Hat's solutions and expanding open source throughout all governments."
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