Red Hat Names New CTO

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2005-10-11 Print this article Print

Brian Stevens, formerly vice president of development, is stepping into the CTO role after years of leading the Linux software maker's enterprise strategy.

Enterprise Linux software maker Red Hat Inc. Tuesday announced that it has appointed Brian Stevens as its new chief technology officer and vice president of engineering. Stevens formerly served the Raleigh, N.C., company as vice president of operating system, storage and clustering development, and has spent the past four years leading Red Hats enterprise strategy. Stevens does not directly displace anybody at Red Hat.
"Mike Tiemann had the CTO title a couple of years ago, but no one has since then," Red Hat spokesperson Leigh Day told Ziff Davis Internet. "The function has been handled for a long while by a sort of task force, headed by Brian. This makes it official for him as CTO."
Tiemann currently is vice president of open-source affairs for Red Hat, which amounts to an evangelist-type position. Red Hats earnings and stock soar. Click here to read more. Stevens brings 20 years of enterprise engineering, including experience as the former CTO of Mission Critical Linux, where he was responsible for corporate strategy, business development, virtualization and the clustering product line. As CTO, Stevens will focus on technology strategy and lead Red Hats Emerging Technologies group, the company said. Prior to his position as CTO at Mission Critical Linux, Stevens spent 14 years at Digital/Compaq as a senior member of the technical staff, where he was an architect of the Tru64 Operating System and clustering products. Stevens was a developer of the first commercial release of X Window System, as part of Project Athena, a joint venture of Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Digital Equipment Corp. He served as the technical lead and architect for the inaugural release of Digitals TruCluster product, which remains the industrys benchmark for clustered computing. Stevens also holds a U.S. patent on secure methods of accessing computers through a firewall. Stevens is based in Red Hats Westford, Mass., office. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest open-source news, reviews and analysis.
Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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