Red Hat Names Eric Shander as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

25-year industry veteran appointed to new role after previously serving as Red Hat’s acting CFO


Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world's leading provider of open source solutions, announced that Eric Shander has been named the company’s executive vice president and chief financial officer, effective today. As Red Hat’s CFO, Shander will be responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization, reporting to Red Hat president and CEO Jim Whitehurst.


As more and more organizations look to open source to modernize their IT infrastructure and applications, Red Hat is squarely positioned as the leader and a strategic partner to help enterprises thrive. I am excited to lead the Finance organization to help drive Red Hat’s growth.

Eric Shander

executive vice president and CFO, Red Hat

Shander most recently served as Red Hat’s acting CFO, and vice president and chief accounting officer. Since joining Red Hat in 2015, he has helped strengthen and grow the company’s finance operation. Shander came to Red Hat with more than 25 years of business, accounting, and financial experience at global software and technology companies, including at IBM and Lenovo.

At IBM, Shander held several key roles in the company’s finance and operations organizations, including serving as the company’s vice president of Americas IT infrastructure delivery from 2011-2015. Prior to that, he ran IBM’s Finance and Accounting Global Process Services division from 2008-2011. Shander rejoined IBM in 2008 from Lenovo, where he was the company’s vice president and chief accountant. At Lenovo, he led the formation of the global CFO function immediately after the company acquired IBM’s PC business in 2005. Prior to Lenovo, Shander spent nearly 15 years at IBM, where he held a variety of finance and accounting roles.

As organizations deploy new, more modern and agile solutions that enable them to better compete in the digital economy, they are increasingly deploying flexible hybrid cloud infrastructures and open source technologies, helping to fuel Red Hat’s global growth. In March 2017, Red Hat announced its 60th consecutive quarter of revenue growth, with fourth quarter total revenue of $629 million (up 16% year-over-year) and full fiscal year total revenue of $2.4 billion (up 18% year-over-year).

Supporting Quotes

Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat

“The opportunity has never been greater for open source technology in the enterprise and for Red Hat, and I am thrilled to have Eric officially take over as Red Hat’s CFO. I’ve worked very closely with Eric since he has joined Red Hat and have seen firsthand how talented he is. I have confidence that he will be a great CFO for Red Hat and help continue our strong financial position.”

Eric Shander, executive vice president and CFO, Red Hat

“Open source has transformed the technology industry and is helping organizations around the world innovate at an incredible pace. As more and more organizations look to open source to modernize their IT infrastructure and applications, Red Hat is squarely positioned as a strategic partner to help enterprises thrive. I am excited to lead the Finance organization to help drive Red Hat’s growth.”

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