MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- SGI (NYSE: SGI) today announced that Paul F. McNamara has been named vice president of open source for SGI. In this role, McNamara, 39, will be responsible for formulating SGI's plans and guiding its actions as SGI strengthens its commitment to the Linux(R) operating system and the open-source movement. He will report to Kenneth L. Coleman, executive vice president of Global Sales, Service and Marketing, SGI. "SGI continues to demonstrate leadership in the open source movement through our contributions of core technologies such as OpenGL application programming interface and XFS file system software," said Kenneth L. Coleman, executive vice president of Global Sales, Service and Marketing, SGI. "Paul's experience will be enormously valuable in both guiding and evangelizing our strategy." Prior to joining SGI, McNamara was vice president of business development and later vice president of products and platforms for Red Hat, Inc. (Nasdaq: RHAT), where he was a key figure in Red Hat's meteoric rise to prominence in the computer industry. McNamara joined Red Hat in May 1998 and was responsible for negotiating and structuring Red Hat's industry-shaping relationships with Compaq, Dell, IBM, Intel, Oracle, SAP and others. McNamara was also a key architect of Red Hat's subscription-based business model. Prior to joining Red Hat, McNamara was president and chief operating officer of Asset Management Technologies (AMT), a software company that he founded in 1994. Prior to AMT, McNamara held a series of management positions at IBM. McNamara earned his B.S. degree in mechanical engineering from Drexel University. "SGI has a hard-earned reputation for truly superior technology and has demonstrated a fundamental commitment to open source," said McNamara. "As SGI moves aggressively to build communities around the technologies it has pioneered, its customers and users will benefit from the broad base of support and accelerated innovation characterized by open-source development." About SGI SGI provides a broad range of high-performance computing and advanced graphics solutions that enable customers to understand and conquer their toughest computing problems. A strong advocate for open technology, SGI is committed to contributing technology from its core competencies in visualization and high-performance computing to the open-source community. Headquartered in Mountain View, Calif., with offices worldwide, the company is located on the Web at www.sgi.com. NOTE: OpenGL is a registered trademark and SGI, XFS and the SGI logo are trademarks of Silicon Graphics, Inc. Linux is a registered trademark of Linus Torvalds. All other trademarks mentioned herein are the property of their respective owners. CONTACT: media, Richard Marshall of SGI, 650-933-8119, or firstname.lastname@example.org, or SGI PR Hotline, 650-933-7777, or SGI PR Fax, 650-932-0737.