On December 20, 2007 Matthew Szulik posted this announcement on Red Hat’s website.
From the message,
After almost a decade of leading Red Hat, I have decided to transition my CEO and President role for the personal reasons I have already discussed. It’s my privilege to continue serving this great company in the role of Chairman of the Board. Red Hat will be in the capable hands of a world-class executive team under the leadership of Jim Whitehurst as President and CEO.
Curious to some is the announcement that Jim Whitehurst will take over January 1, 2008 as President and CEO. Mr. Whitehurst, formally of Delta Airlines, is virtually unknown in the technology sector and is sure to be scrutinized by many.
Stephen Shankland explained in his news.com article, “On a conference call, Szulik said Whitehurst stood “head and shoulders” above other candidates interviewed in a recruiting process. He was a programmer earlier in his career and runs four versions of Linux at home.”
The full news.com article posted by Shankland is here, and I recommend reading it for more information on this announcement and some more details about Szulik’s career with Red Hat. It is important to note that Szulik will remain as Red Hat’s ‘Chairman of the Board’.