Honoré Labourdette

Acting SVP, Global Telco, VP, Telco Partner Ecosystem, Red Hat

Speaker Bio

Honoré joined Red Hat as Vice President, Industry Verticals & Edge with a primary focus on Telco, Media, Entertainment and Edge.  Most recently, she was asked to lead the global TME Partner Ecosystem Success function and team.  In this role, she has global responsibility for the success of the Telecom, Media, Entertainment and Edge ecosystem of partners including NEPs, ISVs, OEMs, Global System Integrators and Hyperscalers. Honoré and her team work to ensure rapid deployment of cloud native applications at scale leveraging Red Hat’s open, hybrid cloud technologies - 5G, OSS/BSS, cloud RAN, and cloud networking- from core to cloud to edge and far edge.

Prior to Red Hat, Honoré was Vice President, Global Market & Business Development for VMware’s Telco and Edge Cloud Business unit. In this role, she was tasked with building and leading VMware’s telco vertical GTM strategy and execution including the ecosystem of partners that serve this market.  She also held market and business development leadership roles driving healthcare, public sector, and SLED.  

Honoré is a seasoned technology executive having held senior positions in sales, business development, marketing, strategy and operations in both software and hardware companies including Cisco/NetSolve, Nortel, N.E.T. and AT&T. Her cross-functional roles have had a particular focus on transformational vertical industries, adoption of emerging technologies, and building, developing and scaling ecosystem models to support these industries and technologies.

Throughout her career, Honoré has received numerous industry awards, including Global Business Telecom magazine’s Top 50 Women in Telecom and was named to CRN’s Women of the Channel list for 2023!  She is an active advocate for women in technology – for which she received the PBWC (Professional Business Women of California) Industry Leader Award. 

Honoré resides in Colorado with her husband, two dogs, four horses and a small herd of Texas Longhorns. She is an avid skier and working volunteer for the Steamboat STARS program – which provides therapeutic activities for individuals with special needs, in a natural and healthy environment.