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Red Hat promotes engineering exec to CTO

The new technology officer has a long resume in high-end computing.

Red Hat has promoted Brian Stevens to be chief technology officer and vice president of engineering, the top Linux seller said Monday. Stevens had been leading development of the company's operating system, storage and clustering software. Red Hat hasn't had a CTO since Michael Tiemann was named vice president of open-source affairs.

Stevens has a long resume in high-end computing. He led work at Digital Equipment Corp. to build highly regarded clustering software into the company's Tru64 Unix. He then worked on a similar project at Mission Critical Linux, but left the faltering start-up more than three years ago to pursue similar clustering work at Red Hat.