Old Generals Never Die - They just Wear a Red Hat

The Red Hat board of directors announced a new chairman Monday, August 30, to replace outgoing Matthew Szulik. Henry Hugh Shelton, retired Special Forces general, has been serving on the board since 2003 after leaving the elite Army division.

Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat president and CEO, said, "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. General Shelton possesses the right combination of leadership, experience and industry knowledge to help guide Red Hat toward achieving its future goals."

The 68 year old Congressional Gold Medal recipient has plenty of business experience on his resume. He served as president of M.I.C. Industries, an international manufacturing company, for four years and on the boards of several other companies such as Anheuser-Busch Companies, CACI International Inc. and Anteon International Corporation.

The Red Hat stock price closed at $34.52 the Monday of the announcement, down from $35.16 the previous Friday. Red Hat stock prices have generally been going up all year and proves to be one of the most successful Open Source companies today. Red Hat is located in Raleigh, North Carolina and employs about 2,500 workers.

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Susan Linton is a Linux writer and the owner of tuxmachines.org.

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I can see it now....

Sum Yung Gai's picture

Customer: We're looking at several options for a server OS...

Gen. Shelton: YOUUUUU LISTEN TO ME, TROOP!! YOU ARE HEREBY ORDERED TO RUN LINUX, COMMA, RED HAT ENTERPRIIIIIIIIISE, ON EACH AND EVERY SERVER, EFFECTIVE IMMEDIATELY! NOW DROP AND GIVE ME ONE FOR EACH AND EVERY SERVER OF YOURS IS NOT AT THIS MOMENT RUNNING LINUX, COMMA, RED HAT ENTERPRIIIIIIIIISE!!

Customer, shaking in fear: SIR, YES SIR!! [breathless due to doing pushups] sysadminteam(gasp)getonthis(gasp)rightaway!

Gen. Shelton: THAT'S BETTER, GOOD WORK, CARRY ON, TROOPS!

OK, seriously, though, Gen. Shelton will make an excellent Chairman; he's certainly as qualified as they come. My congratulations go out to Gen. Shelton for being offered the Chairmanship, and to Red Hat for their good fortune that he accepted.

Elite Army division?

carlfink's picture

Which "elite Army division"? The Special Forces are not a "Division".

who cares, give the civilian

Anonymous's picture

who cares, give the civilian a break.

The New Face

Brotherred's picture

*Some* of the key performance metrics of the Red Hat stock seem to indicate to old guard stock management companies like Edward Jones, that there is a a lack of leadership up at the top. Red Hat seems to have made a business of bucking those metrics and doing so profitably. Even so I think I am going to really like the new face of Red Hat.

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