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Lee Congdon

BS ’76 Computer Science, Purdue University
MS ’77 Computer Science, Purdue University
MBA ’89 Finance and Management/Policy, Northwestern University
(Nominated by: Nominated by Computer Science)

"Through my computer science coursework, Purdue gave me the technical skills to be successful in my early career. I also gained the analytic skills and discipline, through my early mathematics courses that have proved invaluable throughout my career. My early experiences with School of Science seminars and subsequently with my fellow graduate students taught me how to develop professional relationships."

As chief information office, Lee Congdon is responsible for Red Hat's global information systems, including the technology strategy, enterprise architecture, information technology governance, solutions delivery, and systems operations supporting the company. His role includes enabling Red Hat's business through services such as technology-enabled collaboration, knowledge management, technology innovation and process improvement.

Congdon has extensive experience as an IT leader. Prior to joining Red Hat, he was managing vice president of information technology at Capital One where he developed and delivered IT solutions for the firm's corporate functions and Global Financial Services group.

Before Capital One, Congdon was senior vice president of strategic initiatives at Nasdaq, where he led the organization's efforts to identify, implement, and operate technology solutions for Nasdaq Japan, Nasdaq Europe and other strategic global ventures.

Earlier, Congdon led multiple global technology initiatives for the private bank and the corporate bank at Citicorp. Congdon began his career at IBM as an operating system developer and held several technology and technical marketing positions of increasing responsibility with that firm.


  • 2007 to present - Transformed information technology at Red Hat
  • 1998-03 - Led technology team for global expansion of National Association of Securities Dealers and Nasdaq
  • 1989-94 - Launching technical support organization and consulting business for IBM’s AIX operating system
  • 1978-80 - Created and ported EDX operating to Series/1 minicomputer at IBM

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