Executive Exchange

at Red Hat Summit

Connect with other vice presidents and executives to discover what ideas they’re exploring, how they discovered them, and where these ideas may lead the industry.

About the event

Good ideas have a gravity of their own, pulling more and more people in. Good leaders recognize when ideas reach that critical point where associates consumed by the idea should lead by example, with the support and helpful direction of the executives who chart the enterprise’s path. Executive Exchange is a full day event for executives wondering: “What next?”

Why attend

Connect with other executives asking the same questions as you.

Exchange ideas with Fortune 500 executives and the leaders behind today’s most innovative startups.

Explore what processes support the best ideas and what solutions may solve our most pervasive challenges.


At this event, you’ll hear from Red Hat executives, partners, and customers. We’ll share the rest of the 2018 speaker line up soon. Check back in a few weeks for more updates.

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Jim Whitehurst

Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst

President and chief executive officer, Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat president and CEO, is a strong advocate of 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. He has doubled the company’s revenue since joining Red Hat in January of 2008. He is the author of The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance.

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Paul Cormier

Red Hat

Paul Cormier

Executive vice president and president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat

Paul Cormier, Red Hat executive vice president and president of Products and Technologies, leads Red Hat's technology and products organizations, including engineering, product management, and product marketing. Cormier's leadership and experience in enterprise technology has led to the introduction of Red Hat's acclaimed line of enterprise products, including Red Hat Enterprise Linux®. He has been instrumental in forging strong partnerships with many leading technology companies.

Tim Yeaton

Tim Yeaton

Red Hat

Tim Yeaton

Executive Vice President, Corporate Marketing, Red Hat

Tim Yeaton, executive vice president and chief marketing officer at Red Hat, is responsible for driving all marketing functions for the company. Previously, Tim was CEO of Black Duck Software, where the company experienced 30% annualized growth, was ranked among the 500 largest software companies, became an “Inc. 5000 Fastest” growing company, and named a “A Top Place to Work”. Prior roles include CMO at EqualLogic; CEO of Avaki; and SVP/GM at Macromedia, Allaire, and Compaq. Tim holds an MBA from Babson College and a BS from Roger Williams University.


Tuesday, May 8

12:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.

Registration and check-in

6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.

Welcome reception | City View at Metreon

Wednesday, May 9

8:30 a.m. – 9:45 a.m.

Red Hat Summit keynotes

10:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Executive Exchange general session

12:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.

Networking Lunch

1:30 p.m. – 2:15 p.m.

Exchange sessions

2:15 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.


2:30 p.m. – 3:15 p.m.

Exchange sessions

3:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.


3:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Executive Exchange general session

Join us at Red Hat Summit

Registering for Executive Exchange gives you access to Red Hat Summit—an annual event that’s all about open source. Red Hat Summit is located in the same city, at the same time as Executive Exchange. So extend your stay in San Francisco and learn about the ideas leading the open source industry.

Venue and logistics

Executive Exchange 2018 will take place at the InterContinental San Francisco hotel. All accommodations will be provided by the InterContinental and can be booked through the Executive Exchange registration page after your invitation request has been accepted. Executive Exchange registration is complimentary and includes:

  • Access to all Executive Exchange sessions, meals, and events
  • Hotel accommodations for 2 nights at the InterContinental on the evenings of May 8 and 9
  • An all-access pass to Red Hat Summit.
InterContinental San Francisco Hotel

InterContinental San Francisco Hotel
888 Howard Street
San Francisco, California 94103