Underexposed: Red Hat to Get New CEO from Delta Airlines
"In a surprise move, Red Hat said Thursday that Matthew Szulik
will step down as president and chief executive on January 1, to be
replaced by James Whitehurst, Delta Airlines' former chief
"Szulik, who took over as CEO from Bob Young in 1999, shortly
after the company's initial public offering, said he's stepping
down because of family health issues..."
"After almost a decade of leading Red Hat, I have decided to
transition my CEO and President role for the personal reasons I
have already discussed. It's my privilege to continue serving this
great company in the role of Chairman of the Board. Red Hat will be
in the capable hands of a world-class executive team under the
leadership of Jim Whitehurst as President and CEO.
"My early days at Red Hat were sitting in small office with no
door in Durham, NC, across from the free soda machine. People by
the hour would stop and punch their selection for Mountain Dew or
Coke. My challenge was that I was tasked to go and raise venture
money for this free software company..."