Red Hat, Inc., the world's leading provider of open source solutions, has announced a major change in its executive leadership. Andrew Brown will become the company's senior vice president and chief revenue officer, taking over from Larry Stack, who will join IBM in a senior advisory role. The transition will be effective October 1, with Stack working alongside Brown through Q3 to ensure a smooth leadership change.
Andrew Brown comes with an impressive background of more than 28 years in the software industry, specializing in hybrid cloud and transformational technology. He is joining Red Hat from IBM where he served as general manager of IBM Technology Sales United Kingdom & Ireland.
“I have followed Red Hat’s growth and progress over the last few years and have been impressed by the agility, foresight and innovative approach that the company and its culture embrace. I am hugely excited about joining this unique organisation and working with our customer-facing teams to innovate, collaborate and scale the hybrid cloud solutions Red Hat possesses in its open source platform approach,” expresses Brown.
Matt Hicks, president and chief executive officer of Red Hat, expressed confidence in Brown's abilities, stating: “Red Hat has an enormous opportunity to fuel hybrid cloud transformation globally, but this requires seamlessly integrating our product vision with our sales approach. Andrew understands the intricacies of Red Hat’s business and our culture, and brings vast experience in delivering customer value at scale across a wide range of technology areas as we seek to address evolving customer requirements.”
Larry Stack's contribution to Red Hat since joining the company in 2018 was recognized, especially in his efforts to expand Red Hat's commercial presence in North America. In his new role at IBM, Stack will focus on increasing IBM’s public sector footprint globally.
“Being a part of Red Hat, particularly working with passionate and exceptional Red Hatters, is a highlight in my career as a servant leader. I am proud of everything that we have been able to accomplish using a "Mission First, People Always" motto. I know that there is still so much to come and I look forward to seeing what Red Hat can achieve in the next phase of open source,” says Stack.
The appointment of Brown aligns with Red Hat's strategy to further innovate and scale their hybrid cloud solutions, and reflects the company's continuous commitment to open source technology and customer-centric approach.