Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT) today announced that its board of directors has appointed Narendra (Naren) K. Gupta, PhD, as chairman of the board. Red Hat is a leading provider of open source software solutions, using a community-powered approach to provide reliable and high-performing cloud, Linux, middleware, storage and virtualization technologies.
Gupta, who has served on Red Hat’s board of directors since 2005, is a technology industry veteran with more than 40 years of experience. In 2006, he cofounded Nexus Venture Partners, a leading venture capital fund, and he currently serves as the firm’s managing director.
Gupta cofounded Integrated Systems Inc. (ISI), in 1980 to develop products for embedded software development. He served as ISI’s president and CEO from its founding until 1994 and as chairman until 2000, when ISI merged with Wind River Systems, Inc., a provider of device software optimization solutions. Gupta served as Wind River’s vice chairman from 2000 until its acquisition by Intel in 2009. He currently serves on the Board of Trustees of the California Institute of Technology, the advisory board of the Asia Society Northern California, and on boards of several privately held companies.
“Naren is a well-respected leader. Coupled with his global technology industry experience, he is an ideal person for this role,” said Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO of Red Hat. “We have already benefited greatly from his broad experience and his contributions as a dedicated member of our board.”