Kevin Thompson, the former chief financial officer of Linux seller Red Hat, has taken that post at SAS Institute, spokeswoman Desiree Adkins said Friday. He, after announcing his .
Red Hat Chief Executivesaid the company was looking for a CFO with more experience running larger companies. But SAS evidently thought Thompson fit for the job, and it's widely considered the largest privately owned software company. SAS makes software that lets customers mine data, such as customer-purchasing habits, for useful information.