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Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO 39

darthcamaro (735685) writes Since November of 2001, Brian Stevens has been the CTO of Red Hat. As of August 28, that's no longer the case. Under Stevens' tenure, Red Hat transformed its business, adding Red Hat Enterprise Linux, acquiring JBoss, Qumranet, Gluster and Ceph as well as joining (and now leading) the OpenStack Foundation. So why did he leave? No official word, but apparently it is to pursue a new opportunity that Stevens just could not pass up.
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Brian Stevens Resigns As Red Hat CTO

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  • by Anonymous Coward

    So why doesn't Brian Stevens respond to press inquiries, or make a public statement about his resignation? Hmm?

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday August 28, 2014 @06:18PM (#47780049)

    Some people are REALLY mad about systemd.

    • by koinu (472851)
      Probably he has been replaced by a systemd component named stevensd.
  • by 93 Escort Wagon (326346) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @06:35PM (#47780175)

    Normally if someone intends to pursue a different job, both he and the company are supposed to say he's "stepping down to spend more time with his family". Then, a week later, the new company announces they've hired him.

    Obviously the Red Hat higher ups haven't been attending enough seminars at tropical resorts...

  • *Every* job termination, voluntary or involuntary, involves pursuing new opportunities.

  • by Anonymous Coward

    Do believe the anonymous Red Hat sources quoted in the ZDNet article that blamed the departure on executive friction, or do I believe the anonymous Red Hat sources quoted in the Eweek article who say Stevens is departing for another job? Speaking of Red Hat sources, maybe one or two of the Brotherhood of the Red Fedora wouldn't mind dishing some Raleigh, NC gossip here. Do it anonymously even.

    • Re:Who to believe? (Score:4, Informative)

      by Nite_Hawk (1304) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @08:27PM (#47780947) Homepage

      I work for Red Hat as of the Inktank (Ceph) acquisition, so I haven't been with RH very long. As far as I know he really is leaving for another position. It's entirely possible that there are other reasons, but figure the guy has been with RH for what, like 10 or 12 years? That's a long time in this day and age. I'm as curious as everyone else where he's going though.

  • by fnj (64210) on Thursday August 28, 2014 @11:39PM (#47781761)

    "apparently it is to pursue a new opportunity that Stevens just could not pass up"

    They always say that. They make you say that. It's part of the severance package.

  • Did he greenlight the Anaconda UI changes in RHEL7, because that trash makes Microsoft look like UI whizzes.

  • When guys like him (old timers, management, etc) leave the company, they are usually fed up of something. Just gotta find out what that something is. Either that or he has better things to do.

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