Brian Stevens, Red Hat’s chief technology officer for nearly nine years, is stepping down as chief technology officer.
Stevens, whose departure is set for Sept. 5, is “leaving to pursue another opportunity,” Stephanie Wonderlick, a spokeswoman for the Raleigh-based company, said in an e-mail. “We wish him nothing but the best.”
Paul Cormier, president of products and technologies at Red Hat, will act as interim CTO.
“Although his departure would be a loss for Red Hat, we expect smooth transition as Paul has been intimately involved with major technology decisions,” Abhey Lamba, an analyst with Mizuho Securities USA, wrote in a research note.
Lamba also continues to rate Red Hat a “buy.”
Stevens joined Red Hat in 2001 after 14 years at Digital/Compaq. He was promoted to CTO in October 2005.