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President & CEO @
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1 Investment in 1 Company
Gender:
Male
Location:
Raleigh
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Person Details

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Aliases:
Jim

James Whitehurst is President and Chief Executive Officer at Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services. Whitehurst is an avid advocate for open software as a catalyst for business innovation. With a background in business development, finance and global operations, Whitehurst has proven expertise in helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and business environments. Since joining in January, 2008, Jim has more than doubled the company’s revenue. Under Jim's leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2015, 2014 and 2012; added to Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 500 stock index in 2009 and named one of the best places to work by Glassdoor in 2014.

In June 2015, Jim published a book with Harvard Business Review Press entitled "The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance" showing how open principles of management—based on transparency, participation, and community—can help organizations navigate and succeed in a fast-paced connected era.

Prior to joining Red Hat, Jim served as the Chief Operating Officer of Delta Air Lines, Inc. from July 2005 to August 2007, as Senior Vice President and Chief Network and Planning Officer from May 2004 to July 2005 and as Senior Vice President—Finance, Treasury and Business Development from January 2002 to May 2004.

Prior to joining Delta, Jim was a Partner and Managing Director at The Boston Consulting Group.

Jim also serves as a Member of the Board of Directors at DigitalGlobe, Inc. (NYSE:DGI), a builder and operator of satellites for digital imaging.

Jim holds a Bachelor of Arts in Economics and Computer Science from Rice University, a General Course Degree from the London School of Economics and a Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

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President & CEO

Jan, 2008 - Current   (over 8 years)
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Company
Jul, 2005
Aug, 2007
COO
May, 2004
Jul, 2005
SVP & Chief Network & Planning Officer
Jan, 2002
May, 2004
SVP - Finance, Treasury & Business Development
Jan, 1989
Jan, 2001
Partner & MD

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Investments (1)

DateInvested InRoundDetails
Oct, 2011$100k / SeedPersonal Investment

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