Form 8-K








Pursuant to Section 13 or 15(d) of the

Securities Exchange Act of 1934

Date of report (Date of earliest event reported): September 24, 2007


Red Hat, Inc.

(Exact Name of Registrant as Specified in Its Charter)



(State or Other Jurisdiction of Incorporation)


000-26281   06-1364380
(Commission File Number)   (IRS Employer Identification No.)


1801 Varsity Drive, Raleigh, North Carolina   27606
(Address of Principal Executive Offices)   (Zip Code)

(919) 754-3700

(Registrant’s Telephone Number, Including Area Code)

Not Applicable

(Former Name or Former Address, if Changed Since Last Report)


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Item 5.02. Departure of Directors or Certain Officers; Election of Directors; Appointment of Certain Officers; Compensatory Arrangements of Certain Officers.

(c) Mark E. Cook, 48, has been appointed Vice President and Controller of Red Hat, Inc. (the “Company”) effective September 24, 2007. Mr. Cook will serve as the Company’s principal accounting officer, assuming this role from Charles E. Peters, Jr., the Company’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer. Mr. Peters will continue to serve as the Company’s principal financial officer.

Mr. Cook joined the Company as Treasurer in November of 2004 and has been serving as Vice President and Treasurer of the Company since November of 2005. From April 2002 to November 2004, Mr. Cook was Director of Finance at Cluett American Corp., with responsibilities for treasury and various financial functions. From March 1997 until February 2002, Mr. Cook served as Treasurer of Guilford Mills, Inc. Previously, Mr. Cook also held a number of financial positions at Worthington Industries, Inc., Blount International, Inc. and RJR Nabisco, Inc.


Pursuant to the requirements of the Securities Exchange Act of 1934, the registrant has duly caused this report to be signed on its behalf by the undersigned hereunto duly authorized.


Date: September 28, 2007   RED HAT, INC.

/s/ Charles E. Peters, Jr.

  Name:   Charles E. Peters, Jr.
  Title:   Chief Financial Officer