Paul Cormier Succeeds Jim Whitehurst as Red Hat President, CEO

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Paul Cormier

Paul Cormier, formerly president of products and technologies at Red Hat, has been named president and CEO of the open source software provider.

He succeeds Jim Whitehurst, who transitioned to new roles as chairman of Red Hat and president of its parent company, IBM (NYSE: IBM), Red Hat said Monday.

Cormier, who joined the software vendor in 2001, drove approximately 25 acquisition deals and led the implementation of a subscription model for enterprise-wide operations.

He played a key role in Red Hat’s industry partnerships, such as hybrid cloud computing initiatives with Microsoft (Nasdaq: MSFT), and the former’s acquisition by IBM last year.

Arvind Krishna, CEO of IBM, said Cormier brings deep engineering expertise as the company looks to grow its hybrid cloud and open-source technology portfolio.

Krishna took the helm at IBM in January.

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