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Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, today announced that Micheline Chau, President and COO of Lucasfilm Ltd., and Jeff Clarke, President and CEO of Travelport, Inc., have joined Red Hat's Board of Directors.
"Both Micheline and Jeff have extensive experience in operational and financial roles at an executive level," said James M. Whitehurst, Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat. "In their current leadership positions in the media and travel industry, they will bring a broad perspective of managing technology innovation in rapidly evolving businesses."
Ms. Chau joined Lucasfilm Ltd., one of the world's leading film and entertainment companies, in 1991 as chief financial officer and was named to her current position in 2003. She is also a member of Lucasfilm's board of directors. In addition to Lucasfilm's motion-picture and television productions, Ms. Chau guides the activities of Industrial Light & Magic and Skywalker Sound, among the entertainment industry's leading visual-effects and audio post-production facilities; LucasArts Entertainment, which develops and publishes entertainment software for computer and console platforms worldwide; Lucas Online, creator of starwars.com; Lucasfilm Animation, a creator of animated feature and television productions; and Lucas Licensing, which manages the global merchandising activities for Lucasfilm's entertainment properties.
Prior to joining Lucasfilm, Ms. Chau was a business executive with experience in several industries, and most recently was chief financial/administrative officer for Bell Atlantic Healthcare Systems. Ms. Chau received her undergraduate degree in English from Wellesley College and a masters of business administration degree from Stanford University.
Mr. Clarke joined Travelport, the parent company of the Travelport group of companies, as Chief Executive Officer and President in April of 2006 and was appointed as a member of the Board of Directors in May 2006. Travelport is one of the world's largest travel companies, offering broad-based services to businesses operating in the global travel industry. The company is comprised of Travelport GDS, a global distribution system business that includes the Worldspan and Galileo brands; GTA, a group travel and wholesale hotel business; Business Intelligence Services, a data analysis business; and IT Services and Software, which hosts mission critical applications and provides business solutions for major airlines. Travelport also owns approximately 48% of Orbitz Worldwide, Inc. (NYSE: OWW), a leading global online travel company. Mr. Clarke serves as Chairman of the board of directors of Orbitz.
Prior to joining Travelport, Mr. Clarke was Chief Operating Officer for CA,Inc. (formerly Computer Associates Inc.). Before joining CA, Mr. Clarke served as Executive Vice President, Global Operations for Hewlett-Packard Company (HP). Prior to joining HP, Mr. Clarke served in various positions at Compaq Computer, most recently serving as Compaq's Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Clarke holds a bachelor's degree in economics from the State University of New York at Geneseo and a masters of business administration degree from Northeastern University.
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