Arun Oberoi is the new executive vice president of global sales and services at Red Hat, the world’s top developer and seller of Linux related services.

The hiring of Oberoi, a former executive at HP and IBM, was disclosed by Red Hat (NYSE: RHT) after the markets closed on Thursday.

“As Red Hat continues to make strategic investments in our business and move into new markets, having seamless integration between sales and services and our technology vision is critical,” said Jim Whitehurst,Red Hat’s chief executive officer, in a statement.

“With his outstanding track record of success and his global sales, services and management experience, I am very confident in Arun’s ability to help Red Hat capitalize on our opportunities as we meet our customers’ evolving technology and business needs,” Whitehurst added.

Oberoi succeeds Alex Pinchev, who left Rad Hat last November to become CEO at another firm.

Before joining Red Hat, Oberoi was president and CEO of Viridity Software, a startup focused on data center infrastructure management. He also was CEO of Aveksa after having worked earlier at Micromuse, which was acquired by IBM, and HP. Oberoi led the Micromuse integration with IBM.

A graduate of Delhi University in India, he later earned a Master’s in business at the Panjab University Business School in India. He also received a Master’s in business administration from Northwestern University.

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