Who is James Whitehurst?
James Whitehurst or James Moon Whitehurst is an American business executive. He was the President at IBM and chair of the board at Red Hat, and previously Chief Executive Officer at Red Hat and Chief Operating Officer at Delta Air Lines. Prior to working at Delta in 2001, he served as Vice President and Director of the Boston Consulting Group and held various management roles at its Chicago, Hong Kong, Shanghai, and Atlanta offices.
James Whitehurst Bio, Wiki
Born in Georgia, James Whitehurst grew up in Columbus, Georgia. He graduated from Rice University in Houston, Texas in 1989 with a bachelor’s degree in Computer Science and Economics. He also attended the University of Erlangen–Nuremberg in Erlangen, Germany, spent a year of his undergraduate education in the General Course at the London School of Economics, and received an MBA from Harvard Business School.
Whitehurst is married and has two children.
James Whitehurst Leaving IBM
Get Report said Friday that James Whitehurst was stepping down as president of the computer giant 14 months after taking the position.
Chief Executive Arvind Krishna said in a statement that Whitehurst would continue as an adviser to him and all of IBM’s senior management.
Whitehurst, 53, is the former CEO of Red Hat and Krishna said he “played a pivotal role” in the integration.
“In the almost three years since the acquisition was announced, Jim has been instrumental in articulating IBM’s strategy” and “ensuring that IBM and Red Hat work well together,” Krishna said.
James Whitehurst Career
After working for the Boston Consulting Group from 1989 to 2001, Whitehurst began working for Delta Air Lines, where he was Senior Vice President, and later Chief Network and Planning Officer. He was appointed by then-CEO Gerald Grinstein in 2005 as Chief Operating Officer, where he oversaw the company’s bankruptcy and recovery from an attempted takeover from US Airways. Whitehurst became a prominent figure in the campaign known as “Keep Delta My Delta”, having believed in the integrity of the company and its employees enough to resist the merger proposal and resolve the bankruptcy. He left the company on good terms in 2007.
Whitehurst then joined Red Hat as CEO in December, 2007.
Following IBM’s acquisition of Red Hat (in July 2019), later in January 2020, it was announced that Whitehurst will be appointed president of IBM on 6 April. On July 2, 2021, Whitehurst announced his resignation from IBM.
James Whitehurst’s Net worth
The estimated Net Worth of James M Whitehurst is at least $64 Million dollars as of 8 June 2021. Mr. Whitehurst owns over 7,813 units of United Airlines Inc stock worth over $10,621,742 and over the last 17 years he sold UAL stock worth over $52,993,358.
James Whitehurst’s Book
Whitehurst’s first book, The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance, was published in 2015 by Harvard Business Review.