Clarence Clayton

Senior Manager of the Global Privacy Team, Red Hat

Clarence Clayton is Senior Manager of the Global Privacy Team at Red Hat, an open-source software and services company headquartered in Raleigh, NC. He has been with Red Hat since 2013 and leads a team responsible for the management, implementation, maintenance, and growth of Red Hat’s data protection and privacy program and ensuring the organization complies with global data privacy laws. He is a Certified Information Privacy Manager (CIPM), Certified Data Privacy Solutions Engineer (CDPSE), and Project Management Professional (PMP). With over twenty years of experience in Business Systems Analysis, Project and Program Management, he has a demonstrated track record of success in various industries, including Technology Services, Consulting, and the US Postal Service.

Clarence thrives on challenges and always strives to bring positive and infectious energy to any endeavor. He is a founding member of Red Hat B.U.I.L.D. (Blacks United in Leadership and Diversity), one of Red Hat’s Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) communities. Clarence, a former Chair of the community, helps advance his company’s commitment to a more diverse workforce and was instrumental in establishing the company’s annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day of Service. He was selected to work alongside Red Hat CIO Mike Kelly as lead of the Program Management Office, supporting Red Hat’s acquisition by IBM. In 2019, he was selected as a winner of the General H. Hugh Shelton Chairman’s Award, one of Red Hat’s highest honors. In his spare time, Clarence is a news and pop culture junkie, passionate about genealogy and family research, and an avid college basketball and tennis fan.

A native of Henrico, NC, he is a graduate of North Carolina A&T State University with a B.S. in Accounting and lives in Raleigh, NC with his wife and two daughters.