Class of 2011
DeLisa Alexander is the retired Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer of Red Hat. She led the team responsible for global human resources including Red Hat University from 2006 until 2021. Its mission is to be a strategic partner in acquiring, developing, and retaining talent and to enhance the Red Hat® culture and talent brand. During her tenure, the company grew from 1,100 to 17,000+ associates and was often recognized as one of the best places to work.
Founder of the Women’s Leadership Community at Red Hat, Alexander received a 2018 Triangle Business Journal C-Suite Award and a 2015 Stevie Women in Business Award for her efforts supporting women in technology. She serves as a member of the board of directors for the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, and a member of the board of advisers for both the Frank Hawkins Kenan Institute of Private Enterprise and Bull City Ventures. She is the immediate past chair of the board of directors for the Raleigh Chamber of Commerce.
Alexander joined Red Hat in 2001 in the Office of General Counsel. She was responsible for equity and executive compensation, trademark, copyright, and employment matters, and advised management and the board of directors on securities and corporate governance.
Previously, Alexander worked at the Kilpatrick Stockton law firm focused on mergers, acquisitions, venture capital, and intellectual property licensing. She started her career as a judicial clerk for the Honorable William B. Chandler, chancellor of the Delaware Court of Chancery.