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Red Hat exec: New CEO has open-source cred
Written by Daniel   
Wednesday, 26 December 2007 11:42
December 26, 2007 8:17 AM PST
Red Hat exec: New CEO has open-source cred
Posted by Stephen Shankland
C/Net News

Michael Tiemann, a Red Hat executive with close to two decades of open-source business experience under his belt, has come to the defense of the company's new chief executive.

Red Hat said last week that Jim Whitehurst, 40, will take over as Red Hat CEO and president on January 1, replacing Matthew Szulik, who's stepping down, though remaining chairman, because of family medical issues. Whitehurst worked at Delta Airlines from 2002 to 2007, rising to the position of chief operating officer.

Tiemann, who's Red Hat's vice president of open-source affairs and who helps to run the Open Source Initiative, said on his blog last week Jim Whitehurst shouldn't be dismissed as inappropriate to run an open-source company by his Delta Airlines stint.

"Jim was an open-source guy before he was an airline guy," Tiemann said. He praised Whitehurst's use of Red Hat's Fedora Core 6 version of Linux on a home machine and many other Linux versions before that and said Whitehurst understands the open-source movement.

"The candidate selected to lead Red Hat does understand these values, as a user, as a coder, as a manager, as a customer, and as an executive. In my opinion he should be marked up, not down, for having had experience beyond just open source," Tiemann said. "What a tragedy it would be to discount all that experience, all that knowledge, all that energy because the executive in question has a day job running a petrochemical company, a manufacturing company, a logistics company, a trading company, a bank, or a national government!"... More    Comment in the Froums

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