Paul J. Cormier
Paul Cormier (Red Hat Summit 2010 keynote).jpg
Alma materFitchburg State University (BS)
Rochester Institute of Technology (MBA)
TitleChairman, Red Hat

Paul J. Cormier is a business executive who serves as chairman of Red Hat. He previously served as Chief executive officer (CEO) from April 6, 2020 until July 12, 2022[1].[2][3]

Early life and education

Cormier was born in Fitchburg on November 4, 1959. His interest in computers started during his high school years when his father got him a summer job in Digital Equipment Corporation where he kept working until his college years. He attended the Fitchburg State University and did his master's degree in Rochester Institute of Technology. After graduation, he participated in Graduate Engineering Education Program of IBM and Digital. [4][5][6]

Career at Red Hat

Cormier joined Red Hat in May 2001 as Executive Vice President of Engineering and initiated the commercialization of open source products by promoting cloud services. He also helped the creation of commercial Red Hat Enterprise Linux, one of the first examples of commercial free and open-source software.[7][8]

Becoming CEO

Cormier was appointed CEO of Red Hat on 6 April 2020 by replacing Jim Whitehurst. He then got replaced by Matt Hicks on 12 July 2022 and became chairman of the company.[9]


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  2. ^ "Red Hat names longtime exec Paul Cormier as CEO, replacing Jim Whitehurst". WRAL TechWire. 2020-04-06. Retrieved 2020-04-08.
  3. ^ Ranger, Steve. "Open-source giant Red Hat has a new CEO". ZDNet. Retrieved 2020-04-17.
  4. ^ "Paul J. Cormier - Biography".
  5. ^ "Paul J Cormier, Red Hat Inc: Profile and Biography". Bloomberg News.
  6. ^ "Get to know Red Hat president and CEO, Paul Cormier".
  7. ^ "Paul Cormier, President and Chief Executive Officer, Red Hat".
  8. ^ "On OpenStack and open source".
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