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IBM’s Red Hat Taps Product and Technology Chief as New Leader

  • Software unit has been a growth engine for IBM since purchase
  • Matt Hicks will oversee Red Hat after joining company in 2006
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IBM’s Red Hat named Matt Hicks, head of products and technologies, as its new leader, solidifying a bet that hybrid-cloud offerings will fuel the company’s growth.

Hicks takes over as the software unit’s chief executive officer and president from Paul Cormier, who will serve as chairman. “Paul and I have planned this for a while,” Hicks said Tuesday in an interview. “There’ll be a lot of similarities in what I did yesterday and what I’ll be doing tomorrow.”