James "Jim" Whitehurst serves as the president and chief executive officer of Red Hat, the world's leading provider of open source solutions. 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 doubled the company's revenue and tripled its market capitalization. Under his leadership, Red Hat was ranked 4th on Forbes' list of "The World's Most Innovative Companies" in 2012, was added to Standard and Poor's (S&P) 500 stock index in 2009, and named one of the best places to work 2013.
During his 6 years at Delta Air Lines, he drove significant international expansion and as chief operating officer oversaw all aspects of airline operations, from sales to strategy. At The Boston Consulting Group, where he began his career in 1989, he held several corporate development leadership roles, 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.
Whitehurst lives in Durham, North Carolina, with his wife, Lauren, and their twins, Emma and Jack.