Red Hat (RHT) Global Channel Sales Senior Vice President Mark Enzweiler told The VAR Guy yesterday that the company is still searching for a new channel chief, but that doesn't mean there hasn't been movement.

The company began its search after Roger Egan, the company's former chief, moved on to open source engine Docker.

While Enzweiler would not comment on possible candidates, he did provide the following updates for partners:

  • The list of candidates has been narrowed down to just under 10
  • Enzweiler said he has been speaking with candidates during his time at the conference, but has been doing so over the phone
  • Red Hat is looking at internal and external candidates
  • After Red Hat hires a new chief, the company's channel strategy will stay on its course
  • Enzweiler would like to new hire to start ASAP

Enzweiler also noted that the interest in the channel chief position has been high -- something he is very pleased with.

Red Hat North America Channel Sales and Alliances Senior Director Bob Wilson and Red Hat North America Channel Sales Senior Director Jerry Lumpkin are sharing Egan's former responsibilites until the company hires a new channel chief.