rPath said Tuesday that it has hired former Red Hat sales executive Dave Cotten to direct all of its sales operations. Cotten has a 10-year technology industry career that includes stints at Oracle, Strategic Technologies and Inforte. rPath, based in Raleigh, N.C., sells rBuilder technology to help software developers create and maintain Linux-based software appliances. It announced in January that it had picked up $6 million in first-round funding from North Bridge Venture partners and General Catalyst Partners.
rPath already has a couple of Red Hat alumni in its leadership. It was set up by Erik Troan, a veteran of the Linux distributor. Troan left embedded Linux company Specifix, to set up rPath, where he is chief technology officer. Billy Marshall, , is CEO of rPath.