RALEIGH – New Red Hat Chief Executive Officer Matt Hicks is wasting no time in putting a likewise management team in place. On Wednesday Red Hat named not only a chief operating officer “effective immediately” but also a chief financial officer and chief information officer.
Hicks, a longtime Red Hat veteran who replaced as CEO in July, told employees at that time:
“‘We will have to fight for Red Hat to succeed—it won’t be given to us.”
And after corporate parent IBM absorbed an undisclosed number of Red Hat employees into its cloud business group just last week Hicks made more moves in the executive suite.
- Carolyn Nash is now senior vice president and chief operating officer.
- Robert Leibrock is senior vice president and chief financial officer.
- Jim Palermo is vice president and chief information officer.
Laurie Krebs retired as CFO in April.
Nash, a Red Hat veteran who has worked at Cisco and KPMG as well as Hewlett Packard, reports to Hicks. Leibrock and Palermo report to Nash.
Leibrock is an IBM veteran and “played a key role” in the $34 billion acquisition of Red Hat by IBM three years ago, Red Hat noted. His previous role was as an assistant controller.
Palermo has worked at Red Hat since 2010, including his former role as vice president of Digital Solutions Delivery.
“As Red Hat evolves to meet our customers wherever and however they operate across the open hybrid cloud, we need every aspect of our business, from engineering and product development to corporate functions like IT and finance, to perform at the highest possible level,” Hicks said in a statement.
“Carolyn’s proven track record shows that she is the right leader to oversee the expanded Finance and Operations organization, backed by the expertise and experience of Bobby and Jim. Together, I’m confident that these leaders can help accelerate Red Hat’s mission to help our customers take advantage of open source innovation while helping us more readily adapt to dynamic market conditions,” he added.