Kirsten Kliphouse is senior vice president and general manager of North America Commercial Sales at Red Hat, where she focuses on building strategies and collaborating with partners and customers to implement flexible open source solutions that help customers drive innovation in their own businesses. Kliphouse joined Red Hat in January 2018 with responsibility for sales, marketing, consulting, channels, and strategic planning.
Kliphouse is a technology industry veteran, with business leadership and sales experience ranging from start-ups to the biggest software company in the world. Most recently, Kliphouse was CEO of Yardarm Technologies, a start-up in the IoT space. After beginning her career as a programmer and analyst, she moved into a sales role. She spent several years at Microsoft, starting as a sales account manager and progressing into sales leadership and general manager roles. Kliphouse left Microsoft as corporate vice president of the company’s worldwide Customer Support and Professional Services organization, but she previously served as vice president of Enterprise Software Sales and Consulting and general manager of the company’s OEM business.