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Jim Whitehurst is president and chief executive officer of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services. Whitehurst is an avid advocate for open software as a catalyst for business innovation. With a background in business development, finance, and global operations, Whitehurst has proven expertise in helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and business environments. Since joining in January, 2008, he has more than doubled the company’s revenue. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2015, 2014, and 2012.
DeLisa Alexander leads the department responsible for global human resources, including Red Hat University. The department's mission is to be a strategic partner to the business in acquiring, developing, and retaining talent and to enhance the Red Hat culture and talent brand. During Alexander's tenure, Red Hat has grown from 1,100 to more than 8,000 associates and is now recognized by multiple publications as one of the best places to work in the world.
Alexander is the founder of the women's leadership community at Red Hat. She serves on the executive committee for the Council for Entrepreneurial Development; the board of directors for Raleigh Chamber of Commerce and Innovate Raleigh; and the board of advisers for the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise, Bull City Ventures, North Carolina State University Poole College of Management, and SoarTriangle.
Prior to joining Red Hat, Alexander was associated with Kilpatrick Stockton where she focused on mergers, acquisitions, venture capital, and intellectual property licensing.
John Allessio joined Red Hat as vice president, global services in September 2014. He is responsible for consulting, training, and business partner enablement services to help clients and business partners succeed with Red Hat products across the world.
Paul Cormier leads Red Hat's technology and products organizations, including engineering, product management, and product marketing for Red Hat technologies. He joined Red Hat in May 2001 as executive vice president, engineering. Before Red Hat, Cormier served as senior vice president of research and development at BindView, helping the company achieve market leadership in 2000.
Furqan Huda is the senior director of enterprise DevOps at Hilton, where his team is responsible for setting up and running DevOps functions, delivering the foundation for continuous integration processes, collaborating with development teams to enable continuous delivery, and providing the necessary automation to deliver these capabilities. Huda’s team has helped Hilton deliver digital key capabilities, transition to a microservices and application-programming interface-based architecture, and streamline delivery capabilities.
Huda has held multiple roles throughout his 15 year career at Hilton in application development, architecture, and DevOps. He has a bachelor’s degree in computer science engineering and a master’s degree in business administration. market leadership in 2000.
Tim Yeaton brings more than 35 years of software and technology management and marketing experience to Red Hat. Yeaton was CEO at Black Duck Software, where—under his leadership—the company experienced greater than 30% annualized year-over-year growth, completed 3 major acquisitions, created a joint venture in greater China, and expanded its worldwide operations to 23 countries. Before joining Black Duck, Yeaton was chief marketing officer at Equallogic, prior to its acquisition by Dell.
Yeaton spent several years at Red Hat as senior vice president of worldwide marketing and as general manager of enterprise solutions. During his first tenure at Red Hat, Yeaton helped expand the company’s business into the developer and middleware markets with acquisitions of JBoss and MetaMatrix, and built go-to-market partnerships with major software companies, including IBM, HP, Dell, and Oracle. Yeaton was named one of Mindtouch’s Most Influential People in the Open Source Software Industry in 2009, a COPU Think Tank Advisor—which recognizes global influencers in open source software—and a finalist for the Massachusetts Technology Leadership Council’s CEO of the Year.