Wednesday, 08 April 2020 08:22

Red Hat appoints Cormier as CEO, Whitehurst to head IBM

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Paul Cormier: "The transformations I see happening in our industry are exciting, as they present new challenges and opportunities." Paul Cormier: "The transformations I see happening in our industry are exciting, as they present new challenges and opportunities." Supplied

IBM-owned open source provider Red Hat has appointed Paul Cormier as its president and chief executive, succeeding Jim Whitehurst who has become the president of IBM.

Cormier, who has been with the company since 2001, is credited with bringing in the subscription model that has served to make Red Hat the leading enterprise Linux platform.

A statement from Red Hat said Cormier had been behind more than 25 acquisitions that had enabled the company to offer a full modern IT stack.

"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," said Cormier.

"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."

Whitehurst said: "After working with him closely for more than a decade, I can confidently say that Paul was the natural choice to lead Red Hat.

"Having been the driving force behind Red Hat’s product strategy for nearly two decades, he’s been intimately involved in setting the company’s direction and uniquely understands how to help customers and partners make the most out of their cloud strategy.

"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.

Whitehurst is credited with taking the company from one which had US$500 in annual revenue to one that crossed the US$3 billion revenue mark for the 2018-19 financial year.

Apart from being IBM president, Whitehurst will also operate as the chairman of Red Hat, succeeding Arvind Krishna who will now be the chief executive of IBM.

IBM acquired Red Hat for US$34 billion last year, with the deal closing in July 2019.

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Sam Varghese has been writing for iTWire since 2006, a year after the site came into existence. For nearly a decade thereafter, he wrote mostly about free and open source software, based on his own use of this genre of software. Since May 2016, he has been writing across many areas of technology. He has been a journalist for nearly 40 years in India (Indian Express and Deccan Herald), the UAE (Khaleej Times) and Australia (Daily Commercial News (now defunct) and The Age). His personal blog is titled Irregular Expression.

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