Darrell Jordan-Smith

Senior Vice President, Industries & Global Accounts, Red Hat

Darrell Jordan-Smith

Speaker Bio


With more than 30 years of experience in the IT industry, Darrell leads a global organisation focused on key high-growth industries. Red Hat’s next-generation software solutions and services deliver exponential value to and with Telcos, Financial Institutions, the Healthcare industry, the Automotive sector, and Energy entities.



Darrell is exceptionally adept at building comprehensive ecosystems that bring together teams, communities and technologies to drive new revenue, adopt innovative technology, and build agile, open and integrated platforms for infrastructure, data, and applications.



At Red Hat we help establish an open culture of collaboration and innovation for our customers and, more importantly, their customers. We work to instill an environment that tears down silos and builds a mindset tuned to innovation, and enables technologies from virtualisation to containers and automation which provide greater security, flexibility, and cost savings- all while reducing risks.



Before joining Red Hat in 2013, Darrell was VP and Head of Sun/Oracle’s Global OEM business. At Sun's Communications and Media Business, he drove global revenues over $4.6 billion annually with P&L responsibility for software and engineering development of Sun's Telco Platform Group that established Java ME, Carrier Grade Solaris, Netra SPARC as a leading platform(s) for application development. Darrell won chairman’s awards within AT&T Unix Systems Labs and Sun Microsystems for excellence in business development, as well as many awards for strong sales leadership in Novell, Lucent, Sun Microsystems, and Red Hat, through demonstrable success in delivering software, hardware, and services to multinational corporations.



Darrell holds a BSc in Computing Science from the University of Glasgow, and an MBA from Strathclyde University. Darrell has lived and worked in Asia, Europe, and the USA.