James “Jim” Whitehurst is president and CEO of 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, he has more than quadrupled the company’s revenue. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2016, 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 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.
Prior to Red Hat, Whitehurst spent six-years at Delta Air Lines where he oversaw all aspects of airline operations and drove significant international expansion as chief operating officer. Before Delta, Jim held several corporate development leadership roles at The Boston Consulting Group, working in the Chicago, Hong Kong, and Shanghai offices, and as a partner in the Atlanta office with numerous clients across a wide range of industries.
Dave Barnes currently serves on the Board of Directors for Hertz and Ingram Micro. Barnes previously held the position of chief information (CIO) and global business service officer for UPS. In this role, he was responsible for all aspects of UPS technology used to serve more than 220 countries and territories around the world.
This technology included a wide range of innovative solutions such as the Delivery Information Acquisition Device (DIAD) carried by UPS drivers, advanced package flow technologies, UPS My Choice mobile solutions, and telematics programs that provided real time updates on UPS vehicles. Under his leadership, UPS had invested more than $1 billion each year in technology and is widely recognized as one of the world’s most innovative providers of logistics. In addition Barnes was responsible for Global Business Services which includes shared services support for HR, Accounting, Procurement, and Customer contact centers.
Dave chaired the UPS Information Technology Governance Committee, responsible for the direction of UPS technology investments, ensuring they stay aligned with the company’s business vision and strategy.
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