RALEIGH – Red Hat’s chief financial officer Eric Shander was dismissed without pay in connection with Red Hat’s workplace standards, a Red Hat spokesperson confirmed today.

The company has not released any more information related to the dismissal at this time.

His sudden departure comes three months after the company merged with tech giant IBM in a $34 billion deal.

The company has named Laurie Krebs, senior vice president of Finance, as his replacement, Red Hat spokesperson Stephanie Wonderlick told WRAL TechWire in an email.

“Laurie is a longtime RedHatter with broad experience in our Finance organization, who has served in senior roles at Cree and Nortel Networks,” she said. “We have confidence that Laurie will help continue and drive Red Hat’s strong momentum, including that resulting from the acquisition by IBM. Red Hat’s accounting and control functions remain healthy.”

Shander, 50,  joined Red Hat in November 2015 as its chief accounting officer. He was later named interim CFO in December 2016 after the departure of Frank Calderoni who resigned to become CEO of a Silicon Valley startup.

At the time, he said working at Red Hat was a “dream job.”

“For me personally, I have spent the majority of my career in the tech sector, and to be with a company as Innovative and exciting as Red Hat is an honor,” he told WRAL TechWire at the time.

Eric Shander’s journey: From IBM to Red Hat, chief accounting officer to CFO