Red Hat appoints Paul Cormier as CEO

Former president of products and technology replaces Jim Whitehurst as boss of the open source giant

Red Hat, the open source technology giant, has appointed Paul Cormier as its chief executive officer (CEO). 

Cormier previously served as the company's president of products and technology and will now replace Jim Whitehurst who left to become president of IBM following Ginni Rometty's retirement in January. 

Since joining Red Hat in 2001, Cormier has been involved in more than 25 acquisitions, pushing the company beyond its roots with Linux.

He is credited with pioneering the subscription model that helped the company transform from an open source disruptor into an enterprise technology mainstay. Cormier was also '"instrumental" in helping the company combined with IBM following its $34 billion acquisition. "When I joined Red Hat, it would have been impossible to predict how Linux and open source would change our world, but they are truly everywhere," Cormier said in a statement.  "The transformations I see happening in our industry are exciting, as they present new challenges and opportunities. The opportunity for Red Hat has never been bigger than it is today and I am honoured to lead the company to help our customers solve their challenges and to keep Red Hat at the forefront of innovation."

Advertisement - Article continues below

Having worked with him at Red Hat for more than a decade, Whitehurst said that Cormier was the "natural choice" to lead the company. The IBM president called Cormier the driving force behind its product strategy and explained that he understands how to help its customers and partners make the most out of their cloud strategies.  "He is a proven leader and his commitment to open source principles and ways of working will enable Red Hat not only to keep pace with the demands of enterprise IT, but also lead the way as emerging technologies break into the mainstream," said Whitehurst.  "It was my honour and privilege to lead a company filled with many of our industry's best and brightest and I am excited to see what Red Hatters accomplish under Paul's leadership."

Featured Resources

The case for a marketing content hub

Transform your digital marketing to deliver customer expectations

Download now

Fast, flexible and compliant e-signatures for global businesses

Be at the forefront of digital transformation with electronic signatures

Download now

Why CEOS should care about the move to SAP S/4HANA

And how they can accelerate business value

Download now

IT faces new security challenges in the wake of COVID-19

Beat the crisis by learning how to secure your network

Download now
Advertisement

Recommended

Visit/operating-systems/28025/best-linux-distros-2020
operating systems

Best Linux distros 2020

18 May 2020
Visit/cloud/355348/the-it-pro-podcast-building-cloud-native-apps
Cloud

The IT Pro Podcast: Building cloud-native apps

17 Apr 2020
Visit/cloud/354599/cloud-fuels-ibms-first-quarter-of-growth-since-2018
Cloud

Cloud fuels IBM’s first quarter of growth since 2018

22 Jan 2020
Visit/cloud/33999/ibm-doubles-down-on-red-hat-independence
Cloud

IBM doubles down on Red Hat independence

10 Jul 2019

Most Popular

Visit/security/34616/the-top-ten-password-cracking-techniques-used-by-hackers
Security

The top ten password-cracking techniques used by hackers

5 May 2020
Visit/mobile/5g/355712/nokia-5g-speed-record
5G

Nokia breaks 5G record with speeds nearing 5Gbps

20 May 2020
Visit/cloud/cloud-computing/355742/microsoft-launches-public-cloud-service-for-health-care
cloud computing

Microsoft launches public cloud service for health care

21 May 2020