Local Tech Wire

RALEIGH, N.C. – Matthew Szulik, who stepped down earlier this month as chairman at Red Hat (NYSE: RHT), is the winner of the 2010 “Outstanding Achievement Award” from the

Szulik will be honored at NCTA’s annual “21 Awards” program on Nov. 10 at the Sheratorn Imperial in Research Triangle Park.

Szulik, who led Red Hat through its initial public offering on the Nasdaq and its switch to the New York Stock Exchange, is a former winner of the national Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year award.

“We are pleased to announce Matthew as the winner of this year’s Outstanding Achievement award,” said Brooks Raiford, NCTA’s president and CEO, in a statement. “He has served our state and his company well, faithfully championing technology throughout his career. We hope his example will serve as an encouragement for individuals to nominate other deserving companies and technology executives for consideration in the remaining awards.”

The 21 awards honor individuals and companies in North Carolina’s high-tech sector.

“I am honored to receive NCTA’s 2010 Outstanding Achievement Award,” Szulik said in a statement. “North Carolinians from all sectors have contributed to the advancement of technology and innovation in our state, and I look forward to celebrating with many of them at the 21 Awards event.”

Nominations are still being accepted for the 21 Awards. The deadline for submission is Aug. 31.

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