Strategic Account Executive, Red Hat / IBM
As a Strategic Account Executive at Red Hat / IBM, Paul leads a cross-functional team of technology leaders, industry executives, and business value architects. The team consults with Fortune 500 companies in planning and executing on digital transformation strategies, with a focus on three key pillars: people, process, and technology. Red Hat’s open source, collaborative approach helps organizations become more agile, competitive, and faster to market. Prior to joining Red Hat / IBM in 2017, Paul spent over 22 years in various technology sales roles at Oracle Corporation, Sun Microsystems, and Sterling Commerce.
Paul serves as a Board Member of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, an organization dedicated to increasing representation of LGBTQ individuals in elected and appointed office. Paul served on the board of the nonprofit Equality Ohio Education Fund from 2007 to 2014, including service as Board President from 2009 to 2013. He served on the board of the United Way of Central Ohio and was the Co-Chair of its Resource Development Committee focused on fundraising. He also served on the board of the Columbus Gay Men’s Chorus from 2002 to 2007, including three years as Board President. He is currently an out-of-practice Second Tenor.
Paul lives in Columbus, Ohio with his husband of over 25 years, Dr. Chad Braun. Chad is the Chief Medical Officer at Equitas Health, a regional nonprofit community healthcare system. A federally-designated Community Health Center, it is one of the largest LGBTQ+ and HIV/AIDS serving healthcare organizations in the United States. Paul and Chad are doting fathers to their rambunctious fetch-loving goldendoodle, Finn, and proud guncles to four nieces and a nephew.
Paul is a 1995 graduate of Vanderbilt University’s College of Arts and Science in Nashville, Tennessee. He earned a Bachelor of Arts in Molecular Biology with a minor concentration in French language.