RALEIGH – Bob Young, cofounder and former CEO of Raleigh-based Red Hat, is one of eight people to win top individual awards from the NC Technology Association.

Young was chosen for the Beacon Award, which is for outstanding achievement.

Over the last three decades, Young also founded and served as CEO of self-publishing company Lulu. And after investing in drone technology firm he later served as CEO and chairman. He also is CEO of Needlepoint.

The other winners:

  • Chief Information Security Officer of the YearRick Chilton; Chief Information Security Officer – Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina
  • Private Sector CIO of the YearGregory Turner, Head of IT – Siemens Charlotte Energy Hub
  • Public Leader of the YearSen. Jeff Tarte, NC General Assembly – Chairman, Joint Legislative Oversight Committee on Information Technology
  • Public Sector CIO of the YearTracy Doaks, Chief Deputy State CIO , NC Department of IT
  • Tech Educator of the YearCasey Rimmer, Education Technology Leader, Union County Schools
  • Tech Woman of the YearJennifer Hewit, Head of Cognitive and Digital Services – Credit Suisse
  • Technology Executive of the YearGreg Boone, President + CEO – iCiDIGITAL

“We have another great class of winners this year from across the state, so we expect an exciting evening celebrating North Carolina’s vibrant and growing tech sector,” said Brooks Raiford, president and CEO of NC TECH, in announcing the winners.

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