James M. Whitehurst

Director at United Airlines

Mr. Whitehurst has served as President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat, Inc., a leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services, since 2008. Prior to Red Hat, Mr. Whitehurst served in several roles at Delta Air Lines, Inc. including as Chief Operating Officer from 2005 to 2007, where he managed airline operations and drove significant international expansion, as Chief Network and Planning officer from 2004 to 2005 and as Senior Vice President, Finance Treasury and Business Development from 2002 to 2004. Before Delta, Mr. Whitehurst held several corporate development leadership roles at The Boston Consulting Group, with clients across a wide range of industries. Mr. Whitehurst serves on the board of directors of Red Hat and previously served as a director of SecureWorks Corp. and of DigitalGlobe, Inc. In June 2015, Whitehurst 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. He is a graduate of Rice University with a BA in Computer Science and has an MBA from Harvard Business School.


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