Jim Whitehurst, the new chief executive officer at Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), is reorganizing his top management organization as part of the firm’s efforts to drive more international sales.

On Monday, the world’s top Linux open source software developer and distributor said its top engineer, sales and finance executives would take on broader duties. Whitehurst joined Red Hat as CEO in January, and at a leadership conference in the Triangle last week he said he would be putting more emphasis on overseas markets.

The changes are:

• Paul Cormier, Red Hat’s vice president of engineering since 2001, is now executive vice president and president for products and technologies.

• Charlie Peters, Red Hat’s chief financial officer since 2004, is now also responsible for operations and information technology.

• Alex Pinchev, Red Hat’s top sales executive, is now president for global sales, services and field marketing.

“Organizing key groups in the company to focus on expanding Red Hat in the enterprise and scaling the business will enable Red Hat to operate more efficiently,” Whitehurst said in a statement. “Paul, Charlie and Alex have used their experiences and expertise to make Red Hat world-renowned for outstanding innovation and customer value, and this new alignment will make their teams even more effective.”