Red Hat, Inc., a provider of open source solutions, announced that Tim Yeaton, former chief executive officer of Black Duck Software and a onetime Red Hat executive, has rejoined Red Hat in the newly created position of senior vice president, Infrastructure Group.
In this capacity, Yeaton will oversee the products and programs that are driving Red Hat's infrastructure and Infrastructure-as-a- Service (IaaS) business, including the Platform, Virtualization and OpenStack businesses, and Red Hat's Cloud Management product line. Yeaton joins Red Hat as the company realigns its existing Products and Technologies organization to take advantage of technology convergence - from Linux and OpenStack to middleware and Platform- as-a-Service (PaaS) - and capitalize on growing interest in open hybrid cloud.
In addition to the Infrastructure Group led by Yeaton, Red Hat also appointed its longtime Middleware general manager, Craig Muzilla, as senior vice president of the company's newly-formed Applications Platform Group. In his new role, Muzilla will be responsible for Red Hat's developer-focused products and programs, including Red Hat JBoss Middleware and OpenShift by Red Hat, the company's PaaS offering. As head of Red Hat's Middleware business, Muzilla has been instrumental in helping to drive Red Hat's multi- product strategy and diverse portfolio, establish Red Hat as one of the industry's top middleware providers, greatly expand the company's middleware offerings, and increase its presence among developers. Red Hat's Storage and Big Data team will continue to operate as a separate business, led by Sarangan Rangachari.
Yeaton brings more than 30 years of software and technology management experience to his new role at Red Hat. Under Yeaton's leadership as its CEO, Black Duck has experienced more than 30 percent annualized year-over-year growth, completed three acquisitions, created a joint venture in greater China, and built a worldwide operation with a presence in 23 countries. Prior to joining Black Duck, Yeaton was chief marketing officer at EqualLogic until its acquisition by Dell in 2008, and as Dell's Vice President of the Nashua (N.H.) Design Center, he led the integration of the two companies and managed Dell's operations in the region.
Prior to EqualLogic, Yeaton spent several years at Red Hat as senior vice president of Worldwide Marketing and general manager of Enterprise Solutions. During his first tenure at Red Hat, Yeaton was instrumental in expanding the company's business into the developer and middleware markets with acquisitions of JBoss and MetaMatrix, and built go-to-market partnerships with companies including IBM, HP, Dell, Oracle, and several others.
Earlier in his career, Yeaton was president, CEO and director of Avaki Corp., a venture-backed data management software company acquired by Sybase (now part of SAP). Before Avaki he was senior vice president and general manager of the Server Products Division at Macromedia (now part of Adobe), via its acquisition of Allaire where he served as senior vice president of Products. Tim spent the early part of his career at Compaq and Digital Equipment Corp., including a role as vice president and general manager of Compaq's UNIX/Linux and Middleware Software Division, where he drove Compaq's pre-IPO investment in Red Hat.
In 2009 Yeaton was named one of the Most Influential People in the Open Source Software Industry, in a survey by Mindtouch. In 2010 he was named a COPU Think Tank Advisor, which recognizes the key global thought leaders in open source software. Also in 2010, the Mass. Technology Leadership Council named Yeaton a finalist for CEO of the Year.
Paul Cormier, president, Products and Technologies, Red Hat: "Over the last decade, open source and Linux have moved from a pure commodity play in the enterprise to the defining software development model in the industry. The cloud, and cloud-style computing, would simply not exist as we know them today without Linux and open source. Red Hat is in the unique position of driving many of the significant open source community projects that are driving next-generation enterprise technologies, and also bringing them to market. By realigning our Products and Technologies organization, we're well-positioned for success in driving these next-gen infrastructure, IaaS, and developer offerings. I'm thrilled to welcome Tim back to Red Hat at this exciting time to lead our Infrastructure Group, and to congratulate Craig as he steps into a new role leading our Applications Platform Group."
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