Red Hat Inc. names chairman

Posted August 30, 2010

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— Red Hat Inc. (NYSE: RHT) announced Monday that retired U.S. Army Gen. H. Hugh Shelton has been elected to serve as chairman of the company's board of directors.

A member of Red Hat's board of directors since April 2003, Shelton previously held the position of lead director and currently serves on the audit and compensation committees. He succeeds Matthew Szulik, former Red Hat CEO.

"General Shelton is an individual of the utmost integrity. He has excelled in the numerous roles and positions held throughout his career and as a dedicated member of Red Hat's board of directors for more than seven years," said Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat president and CEO. "General Shelton possesses the right combination of leadership, experience and industry knowledge to help guide Red Hat toward achieving its future goals."

Shelton became the 14th Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, the highest-ranking military officer in the U.S. armed forces and the principal military adviser to the President of the United States, on Oct. 1, 1997, and served two terms.

From January 2002 until April 2006, he served as president, international sales, for M.I.C. Industries, an international manufacturing company. He has served on the boards of several public companies including Protective Products of America, Inc., Anheuser-Busch Companies, CACI International Inc. and Anteon International Corporation.

Shelton received the Congressional Gold Medal, the highest civilian award conferred by the U.S. Congress.

Among his other numerous military awards are four Defense Distinguished Service Medals, two Army Distinguished Service Medals, the Legion of Merit, the Bronze Star Medal for Valor and the Purple Heart.

He has been decorated by 16 foreign governments. Civilian awards include the state of North Carolina's highest award for public service and the Eisenhower Award from the Business Executives for National Security.


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  • lmbl Aug 30, 2010

    Can you please retire because you are old and probably have plenty of money-give the younger generation a chance to prove themselves. Unless, MPS, you think he is doing the job out of the goodness of his heart?

  • MPS Aug 30, 2010

    lmbl - "can you please just retire and stop quaduple (or even higher) dipping?"

    *What does this even mean?? Or do you just like to bash people you don't know and/or things you don't understand??

    "COPs eye- Maybe you were just jealous of that Beret?!"
    -AirBorne Daddy

    *My thoughts exactly ABD! Or maybe COPs eye thought that the troops on the ground should have been able to strip down, lather up with some sunscreen and enjoy Haiti's beaches instead of actually doing their security duties.... I'm sure it was quite a suckfest out in that heat but hey that's part of the job. They were wearing kevlar and flak jackets for their own protection, not because the chain of command wanted the troops to be uncomfortable.

    Leonardo - "Not to knock this guy's credentials, but what the heck does he know about software? I'm sure he's a great leader, but how well can he lea

  • gswalker51 Aug 30, 2010

    I'm on the fence. On one hand, you've got General Shelton who is the one NC State alum (besides John Edwards and Robert Gibbs) who isn't a total embarrassment. On the other, I know Red Hat isn't exactly a company that likes to hire ex-military for their lower level positions. No, I'm not saying companies like Red Hat, Lenovo, SAS, Genworth, RH Donnelley (now Dex One...soon to be RIP), and more than a few others in this area discriminate against the military. I'm just saying I've been in job interviews where the "What is it with you military think you're better than everyone else?" question comes up and then I surprisingly didn't get the job. And, yes I have a job now. In fact, I haven't missed a day's work in 20 years so don't bother responding with "Maybe it was something else they saw in you that they didn't like" yammering.

  • itsmyownopinion Aug 30, 2010

    The page two posters especially are scaring me. Red Hat is not a company I want to see fail.

  • cwood3 Aug 30, 2010

    Show me a software man that really knows business. Many geeks have no clue about running a company-HR, Marketing, finance, gov't regs, OSHA,... They know computers and software.

    Gen Shelton knows leadership, organization, and logistics. He knows how to delegate responsibilities to those that have these other skill sets so software people can do what they do best-software!!

    Gen Shelton is a great American and a blessing to NC State. If you ever get to go to one of his leadership forums thru NCSU Continuing Education, GO!! He brings in great speakers. His youth leadership camps are phenominal(General Shelton Leadership Camps).

    Great choice. I'm buying some of their stock today.

  • Frank Downtown Aug 30, 2010

    Serving on a boad has nothing to do with if you could be a good CEO. ENRON had a board before it went bankrupt and took millions of dollars in employee's retirement.

  • unclegrits Aug 30, 2010

    Interesting considering the SAP takeover rumors.

  • davidgnews Aug 30, 2010

    I smell GSA contracts galore.

  • NCGirlie Aug 30, 2010

    Unfortunately we've seen recently in corp america that the board of directors does nothing but collect a paycheck, and help elect all their cronies to the board as well. They then sit on several boards, know nothing about the companies and ultimately fail the companies and shareholders while allowing the companies to be pillaged, account fraud, and worse. Let's hope that's not the case for this innovative NC company.

  • doogie67 Aug 30, 2010

    He is Chairman of the Board of Directors and not CEO.