Alfred W. Zollar named one of the 50 most important African-Americans in technology by US Black Engineer & Information Technology magazine in 2004, has been appointed to the Red Hat Board of Directors.

Red Hat, Inc. is a provider of open source software, cloud, Linux, storage, and virtualization technologies. As a connective hub in a network of enterprises, partners, and open source communities, Red Hat helps create technologies that prepare customers for the future of IT.

“We are pleased to welcome Al Zollar to our board,” said Naren Gupta, chairman of Red Hat’s board of directors. “Al brings deep knowledge of the global technology industry, and his extensive experience in leadership roles as an executive and a director will further strengthen our board.”

At IBM, Zollar’s leadership positions included general manager of its multi-billion Tivoli Software division, general manager for eServer iSeries, president and CEO of its Lotus Software division; and division general manager of its Network Computer Software division. Zollar began his career at IBM in 1977. He holds a U.S. patent covering “trust and identity in secure calendar sharing collaboration.”

Since 2014, he has served as an executive partner of Siris, a technology business private equity firm, chairman of Intralinks and Pulse Secure, and board member of Stratus Technologies. He is also a board member of Carnegie Speech Corporation, and PSEG Incorporated.

“I am honored to serve on the Red Hat board of directors,” Zollar said. “Red Hat is at the forefront of the technology industry and is well-positioned with its portfolio of open source solutions. I look forward to contributing to its continued success.”

Zollar is a  fellow from the 2011 cohort of the Advanced Leadership Initiative at Harvard University, a member of the Executive Leadership Council, a leading organization for the development of global black leaders, and a lifetime member of NSBE.

USBE magazine will feature BEYA winners on corporate boards this fall.

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