About Paul Smith

2017 Recipient

Paul Smith joined Red Hat in 2004 to oversee the sales, marketing, consulting, channels and strategic planning of the Government Business unit. With more than 20 years of experience marketing key technologies within the government marketplace, Paul has a track record of successfully selling software solutions to government agencies and systems integrators alike.

Since Paul’s tenure began, Red Hat’s public sector business has been one of the fastest growing segments within the company with a compound annual growth rate exceeding 28 percent.

Prior to Red Hat, Paul led the Government Operations team at VERITAS, which became the fastest growing vertical within the company. Paul attributes his leadership style to leaders of the open source community, including Jim Whitehurst, Simon Sinek and Stan McChrystal. Paul holds a Bachelor of Business Administration from Loyola College in Baltimore, Md.