Discovery Park Distinguished Lecture Series

Jim Whitehurst: The Open Organization: Igniting Passion and Performance

February 4, 2016
1:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Burton D. Morgan Center, Room 121


Jim Whitehurst - President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services

Lecture: 1:30 p.m., Burton D. Morgan Center, Room 121
Book Signing: 2:30 p.m., Room 102, Café

Whitehurst has proven expertise in helping companies flourish—even in the most challenging economic and business environments. He began his career in 1989 at The Boston Consulting Group (BCG) in Chicago, Illinois and held several corporate development leadership roles at the firm.

On September 11, 2001, Delta Air Lines asked Whitehurst to serve as their acting treasurer. That same week, he led the company’s secured debt offering, winning the Thomson-IVR “Deal of the Year” for reopening the capital markets. In 2002, he joined Delta full time as senior vice president-finance, treasury and business development, ultimately being named chief operating officer in 2005.

In January, 2008, Whitehurst joined Red Hat as president and CEO. Since then, he has more than doubled the company’s revenue and led significant global expansion, opening development centers and sales offices around the world. Under his 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.

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