CEO Jim Whitehurst is not giving up any details on where (NYSE: RHT) will be calling home for Halloween 2012, but he is clear that the Linux leader needs more space.

"In all honesty, we’re out of space," Whitehurst said following a Harvard Alumni Association panel discussion Tuesday night that brought four area CEOs to Cisco’s campus. "We’ve rented all they have around us."

Red Hat’s headquarters is currently located at N.C. State University’s Centennial Campus in Raleigh.

Whitehurst also confirmed that he had recently toured the American Tobacco complex in Durham, which he said "was phenomenal." He said Capitol Broadcasting President Jim Goodmon had flown him there in the WRAL helicopter. "It’s five minutes from my house," he added.

Capitol Broadcasting is the parent of Local Tech Wire and WRAL-TV and WRAL.com and owns the American Tobacco complex.

Whitehurst would not say where else he may have been looking for Red Hat to grow locally or outside the Triangle. "I can’t discuss that," the former Delta Airlines executive said.

He said, however, that "the next couple of years" is the time frame in which Red Hat needs to find space in which to grow.

Whitehurst lived in Atlanta when he was treasurer and then chief operating officer of Delta Airlines during its bankruptcy and reorganization, and he went to undergraduate school at Rice University in Houston.

The panel brought together Whitehurst, Burt’s Bees CEO John Replogle, UNC business professor and consultant Michael Jacobs and Tony Frazier, director of product management for video collaboration at Cisco. ()

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