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Mark Bohannon Joins Red Hat as VP of Corp. Affairs & Public Policy

Red Hat, Inc. announced yesterday Mark Bohannon will join the company as vice president of corporate affairs and global public policy, effective Oct. 1, 2010.

In his new role, Bohannon will lead Red Hat’s worldwide team representing the company’s interests before policymakers in government, industry consortia, and other venues regarding issues related to technology and innovation policy, open source and standards adoption, intellectual property legislation, government technology initiatives, and tax regulation.

“Mark brings a wealth of experience in technology policy at the state, national and international government levels,” said Michael Cunningham, executive vice president and general counsel at Red Hat. “His expertise will be a valuable asset to Red Hat in working effectively with global policy makers on key issues affecting the company.”

Bohannon joins Red Hat from the Software & Information Industry Association, where he has served as senior vice president of public policy. During his 10 years at the company, Bohannon was responsible for the association’s government relations agenda. He worked with leading software companies on strategic trends affecting company products and services.

Bohannon’s earlier career includes serving as chairman of the Executive Committee of the United States Information Technology Office. He also was a senior official at the Department of Commerce, serving as chief counsel for technology and counselor to the undersecretary for technology. He provided strategic advice on technology, trade, intellectual property, computer security, encryption and competitive initiatives and facilitated public-private partnerships and technology joint ventures.

Bohannon also served on numerous U.S. government delegations to bilateral negotiations and multilateral bodies such as The Hague, the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law and the World Trade Organization. He served as vice chair of the OECD’s Working Party on Information Security and Privacy.

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