Red Hat (Nasdaq: RHAT) has appointed former HP exec John Young to its executive team as vice president of marketing.

Young will lead Red Hat’s global marketing operations, which includes strategic marketing, brand management, marketing programs and corporate communications.

“John is uniquely qualified to lead Red Hat’s global marketing activities at a time when interest and demand for Linux and open source solutions for the enterprise and government are accelerating,” said Matthew Szulik, chief executive officer of Red Hat.

Young had served as vice president at HP, a Red Hat partner on many initiatives. His positions included general management of the Network-Attached Storage Division, as well as product marketing leadership for the ProLiant industry standard server family.

Red Hat and HP signed a deal last year under which Advanced Server Linux was certified on and available with all of HP’s Intel-based ProLiant servers.

In March of this year, Red Hat signed an agreement making HP a global services provider for its entire Enterprise Linux line of certified solutions.

Preceding his time at HP, Young led strategic consulting projects as an engagement manager at McKinsey & Company.

Young received a bachelor of science degree in electronics engineering from Yale University and a master of business administration degree from the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.

“Red Hat has established a leading technology brand and open source solutions that have become a standard in the enterprise,” Young said. “I look forward to the challenge of cultivating and delivering new open source solutions and building the outstanding value of the Red Hat Enterprise architecture.”

Red Hat is the world’s largest open source and Linux provider. Red Hat is headquartered in Raleigh and has offices worldwide.

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