RALEIGH – A former executive at Red Hat, which recently merged with IBM, is the new chief financial officer at emerging entrepreneurial company Valencell.

Kristine O’Shea was announced as the new CFO by Valencell on Tuesday. Previously she had been vice president of finance at Raleigh-based Red Hat.

Valencell is a growing startup in the field of wearable biometric sensor technology.

“Valencell is such an exciting company with so many different growth opportunities in front of it, and I’m delighted to be a part of the team,” O’Shea said in the announcement. “I look forward to bringing my skills and background to accelerate Valencell’s next phase of growth.”

O’Shea comes to Valencell with “an extensive background in corporate finance, financial planning and analysis, investor relations, strategic planning and risk management,” the company says.

“I am thrilled to have Kristine join Valencell at such an important time in the company’s growth,” said Kent Novak, CEO of Valencell. “I’m particularly impressed with Kristine’s ability to lead and grow financial operations in complex market spaces like the ones Valencell operates in. I believe Kristine and the entire Valencell team have a unique opportunity to enable impactful health outcomes through our technology.”