30-year industry veteran to join Red Hat, bringing significant publicly traded and technology industry leadership

Red Hat has announced that Frank Calderoni will join the company as executive vice president, operations and chief financial officer, bringing more than 30 years of financial expertise, business thought leadership, and operational excellence, in publicly traded companies and technology industry leaders. Calderoni will be responsible for leading the company’s global finance organization and the leadership and management of IT and operations teams, reporting to Red Hat president and chief executive officer, Jim Whitehurst.

“We are thrilled to have Frank join Red Hat and help lead the next phase of our growth as we look to go from revenues approaching $2 billion to $10 billion and beyond. He is a proven CFO and technology industry leader, and we are fortunate to have such an experienced and operationally strong executive join our team. I’d also like to express gratitude to Charlie for his commitment to Red Hat. He has been instrumental in Red Hat’s success for more than a decade, helping to lead to our strong financial position, and I look forward to similar success under Frank’s leadership,” said Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat.

Calderoni served as executive vice president and CFO at Cisco Systems for seven years and most recently served as an executive advisor. From 2004 through 2014, he managed the financial strategy and operations of a company with more than 72,000 employees and total revenue for fiscal year 2014 of $47 billion. During his tenure at Cisco, the company went from $22 billion in revenue to $47 billion, and grew annual profits from $0.62 per share to $1.49 per share. With more than 30 years of experience, he has led high-performing finance organizations at global software and technology companies including Cisco, QLogic Corp., SanDisk Corp., and IBM.

He has been recognized by the San Francisco Business Times and Larkin Street Youth Services as the 2013 Bay Area CFO of the Year for a Public Company with revenues above $500MM and was considered one of the Best CFO's three years in a row in 2012, 2013, and 2014 by Institutional Investor magazine.

“I’m very excited to be joining Red Hat, an exceptional company that is truly transforming enterprise technology. With the pivotal role Red Hat leads in open source solutions from the datacenter to the cloud, it is an outstanding opportunity to be a part of the driving force behind much of that innovation. I am enthusiastic about joining the team at Red Hat to help implement the next era of growth, innovation, and customer success,” said Frank Calderoni, named executive vice president, operations and CFO, Red Hat.

Calderoni succeeds Red Hat executive vice president and CFO Charlie Peters, whose planned retirement was announced in December 2014, and who will remain with Red Hat until July 31. As Red Hat’s CFO since 2004, Peters built a world-class organization, managing the company’s financial strategy and operations through rapid growth and expansion. Under his leadership, Red Hat delivered 44 straight quarters of revenue growth, taking Red Hat from $196 million in fiscal 2005 to almost $2 billion in fiscal 2015.

Calderoni joins Red Hat on June 22, 2015, and will succeed Peters as CFO effective July 13, 2015.