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Red Hat Hires Lenovo Executive To Lead Channel Sales

Posted October 5, 2006

— Mark Enzweiler, vice president of global channel strategy and sales at Lenovo, is joining

Red Hat

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Enzweiler, a 25-year veteran with IBM before Lenovo purchased Big Blue's personal computing division last year, is Red Hat's new vice president of North American channel sales.

The Linux software developer and services provider said Enzweiler's hire is part of its strategy to grow global channel sales. Enzweiler will report to Ed Boyajian, Red Hat's vice president of strategic alliances.

"Demand for Linux, JBoss and open source solutions is accelerating. Our partners are an important part of this change as they are also shifting business strategies from proprietary platforms to Linux and open source as a way to better serve their customers," said Boyajian in a statement. "Mark has experience building channel programs for two of the world's largest technology companies and has a keen understanding of what channel partners need to be successful. He's going to be a great asset to help Red Hat scale with the demand."

Also on Wednesday, Red Hat named a new president and managing director of its Red Hat India operation.

Nandu Pradhan, who has more than 25 years of experience working in India's information technology sector, replaces Javed Tapia. Tapia will serve as a director on the Red Hat India board.

Pradhan will be responsible for Red Hat India's operations and also lead future investments by Red Hat in India.

In December, Red Hat bought the 40 percent of Red Hat India held by Tapia. The company also said at that time it planned to invest $20 million in its Indian operations and triple the number of workers to more than 400.

"I am extremely pleased that Nandu will take over the reins to propel the growing adoption of open source in India," said Matthew Szulik, chairman and chief executive officer of Red Hat. "I firmly believe Nandu's past experience and acumen will enable even greater growth for the company and further Red Hat's footprint in the Indian market."

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