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Red Hat today announced the appointment of James Prasad as Vice President, Red Hat EMEA to lead its sales and support services in the growing embedded systems business, and the Unix to Linux migration opportunity in Europe. James Prasad replaces Colin Tenwick who has departed Red Hat to pursue other opportunities. James Prasad brings strong knowledge of marketing, sales and services to his new role. He most recently served as the Director of Business Development in Red Hat's Engineering Services team.
Red Hat EMEA, which in two years has grown to have offices in all major European countries - UK, France, Germany and Italy - with partners throughout Europe, will continue to focus on sales, marketing and the growing services business opportunity. As announced in previous communications, other areas such as finance, development, human resources, information technology and web development, manufacturing and logistics will continue to be staffed locally but will now be managed as global organisations and report direct into the corporate US office.
Red Hat Inc. has, since the launch of its European operation, grown consistently over the last two years reaching profitability in the last quarter. Red Hat EMEA supports customers across all the major European countries and has grown its training organisation to 11 Red Hat training centres and 29 training partner locations. All Red Hat EMEA training services will continue to be staffed and managed locally together with Red Hat's customer support operation - a multi-lingual team based at the Red Hat EMEA headquarters that works with customers throughout Europe. The strong EMEA development teams based in Germany and Cambridge, UK, will now be managed on a global level.
Colin Tenwick the Vice President and General Manager of EMEA and Southern APO in light of the restructure has decided to pursue other opportunities. Colin was instrumental in starting up the European business for Red Hat from its inception and his drive, passion and leadership for Red Hat has taken us a long way to achieving our corporate goals. Given the changes in structure and responsibilities, Colin has decided that he would rather pursue other GM opportunities in the market. Colin's role as a general manager of Red Hat Europe and Southern APO was appreciated and we wish him well in his new endeavours.