SIIA Software Division Executive Profile
Name: Gunnar Hellekson
Title: Chief Technology Strategist
Company: Red Hat
Gunnar Hellekson is the Chief Technology Strategist for Red Hat’s US Public Sector group, where he works with systems integrators and government agencies to encourage the use of open source software in government. He is co-chair of Open Source for America and one of Federal Computer Week’s Fed 100 for 2010. He is also an active member of the Military Open Source working group, the Freedom 2 Connect Technical Council, New America’s California Civic Innovation Project Advisory Council, and the CivicCommons Board of Advisors. He is especially interested in cross-domain security, edge innovation, and interagency collaboration through the open source model.
Home town: Honolulu, Hawaii
First job: Slaving away on an AS/400 for Louis Vuitton’s Honolulu operation when I was in high school.
What are you currently reading? “Industry and Empire”, by E.J. Hobsbawn
All-time favorite music: Reggae. I’m from Hawaii, so that’s mandatory.
What is the best meal you have had recently? The “Heather” from Taco Deli in Austin.
What is your next (dream) career? I’m doing it right now.
Hobbies: My wife, my dog, and fancy cocktails.
What do you think is the hot button issue for the software & services industry going into 2013? The elimination of customization and craftwork, and the introduction of standardization and automation.