Red Hat has announced that its new chairman will be retired general Hugh Shelton, former chairman of the US Joint Chiefs of Staff.
Shelton, a former Green Beret and head of the 82nd Airborne Division, has been a member of Red Hat's board since 2003.
"General Shelton is an individual of the utmost integrity. He has excelled in the numerous roles and positions held throughout his career and as a dedicated member of Red Hat's board of directors for more than seven years," said Jim Whitehurst, president of Red Hat.
"General Shelton possesses the right combination of leadership, experience and industry knowledge to help guide Red Hat toward achieving its future goals. "
The new appointment could bring some discipline to Red Hat's business plan, Rob Enderle, principal analyst at Enderle Group, told V3.co.uk.
"The difficulty for Novell and Red Hat is remaining relevant," he said. " Clearly having people driven by orders, and being used to getting them obeyed, would help Red Hat."
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