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Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst Awarded William C. Friday Award
|By Business Wire
|March 26, 2014 08:04 AM EDT
Red Hat, Inc. (NYSE: RHT), the world’s leading provider of open source
solutions, today announced that the company’s president and CEO, Jim
Whitehurst, has been awarded the 2014 William
C. Friday Award by North Carolina State University's Park Scholars.
The William C. Friday Award, established in 2000, is named after the
former president of the University of North Carolina. The annual award
is presented by the senior class of Park Scholars, North Carolina State
University’s merit scholarship program, and honors Friday’s dedication
and excellence in leadership, scholarship, service and character.
Whitehurst is an avid advocate for open source software as a catalyst
for business innovation. With a background in business development,
finance, and global operations, Whitehurst has proven expertise in
helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and
business environments. Under his leadership, Red Hat was ranked 4th on
Forbes’ list of “The
World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2012, was added to Standard
and Poor’s (S&P) 500 stock index in 2009, and named one
of the best places to work in 2014 by Glassdoor.
Past recipients of the William C. Friday Award include Mr. Friday
himself; North Carolina State University Chancellor Emeritus Larry
Monteith; General H. Hugh Shelton; noted historian John Hope Franklin;
SAS leaders Ann and Jim Goodnight; Geomagic CEO Ping Fu; Special
Olympics of North Carolina CEO and president Keith L. Fishburne;
Ambassador James A. Joseph, and Principal Chief of the Eastern Band of
Cherokee Michell Hicks.
Alex Chin, chair, Park Scholarships William C. Friday Award
Committee, N.C. State University
"On behalf of the Park Scholarships William C. Friday Award Committee,
we congratulate Mr. Whitehurst on being named the 2014 recipient of the
William C. Friday Award. From a long list of candidates, we chose Mr.
Whitehurst because he emulates excellence in leadership, scholarship,
character, and service. It's an honor to get to recognize him and all of
Jim Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat
"It is a privilege to receive the 2014 William C. Friday Award.
Reflecting on the past recipients – including General Hugh Shelton,
chairman of Red Hat’s board of directors – it is an incredible honor to
be held in the same regard as leaders of such caliber. I sincerely thank
North Carolina State University and the Park Scholars for this award."
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