Red Hat CEO Steps Down, New CEO Named

by admin December 27, 2007 at 8:45 pm

Red Hat, a premier Linux provider makes some serious moves in its corporate architecture, but keeps everyone onboard

After an exciting nine year run marked by torrid growth that at times seemed almost out of control, Red Hat Chief Executive Officer Matthew Szulik has finally called it quits and announced his decision to leave his positions as President and CEO of the company. Szulik will remain with Redhat, though, assuming the role of Chairman of its board of directors, effective January 1, 2008.

The move, which will likely create a minor fuss in the open-source and Linux communities, was for the most part an amicable one. Jim Whitehurst announced his decision to leave his position as chief operating officer of Delta Air Lines and at the request of Red Hat’s board will assume the roles of CEO and President, effective January 1. A Red Hat employee noted that despite Whitehurst’s foreign corporate background, his initial tech credentials seemed solid.

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