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Jim Whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst

Keynote Speaker: Former President of IBM & CEO of Red Hat

Jim Whitehurst Biography

Jim Whitehurst 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. 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.

Whitehurst helped grow Red Hat and its influence on a variety of industries, by reaching key milestones — the most notable in 2012 when Red Hat became the first $1 billion revenue open source software company. Since joining Red Hat, Whitehurst grew revenue from more than $500 million at the end of February 2008, to almost $3 billion for the company's 2018 fiscal year. Under his leadership, Red Hat was named to Forbes’ list of “The World’s Most Innovative Companies” in 2018, 2017, 2016, 2015, 2014, and 2012; named to Fortune’s list of the Most Admired Companies for 2018; added to Standard and Poor’s (S&P) 500 stock index in 2009; named one of the best places to work by Glassdoor in 2016, 2014, and 2013; named to the first-ever Fortune Future 50 list in 2017; and added to the Forbes’ Global 2000 list in 2017. In addition, in 2018 Whitehurst was named one of the World’s Best CEOs by Barron’s.

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. To date, the book has sold more than 42,000 copies; been featured in more than 130 press articles including articles from Fortune, Forbes, and Fast Company; and named one of the top 10 creative leadership books of 2015 in Forbes.

During his six-years at Delta Air Lines, Whitehurst 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.

In 2020 it was announced that Whitehurst will take on the role of President at IBM, starting April 6. On July 2, 2021 Whitehurst announced his resignation from IBM.

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Jim Whitehurst Videos

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Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat | Red Hat Summit 2019

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Booking fees for Jim Whitehurst, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jim Whitehurst, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Jim Whitehurst?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Whitehurst for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jim Whitehurst for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jim Whitehurst or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim Whitehurst or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Jim Whitehurst is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Information Technology, Technology and Business. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jim Whitehurst for live events is Below $10,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Jim Whitehurst generally travels from Raleigh, NC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jeff Taylor, Paul Orfalea and Jim McCann. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jim Whitehurst for an upcoming event.

Jim Whitehurst Videos

Keynote 5: The Industry X Value Chain - Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat ...
Jim Whitehurst, Red Hat | Red Hat Summit 2019

Jim Whitehurst News

How to book Jim Whitehurst?

Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Jim Whitehurst for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Jim Whitehurst, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Jim Whitehurst or any other celebrity of your choice.

How much does it cost to book Jim Whitehurst?

Booking fees for Jim Whitehurst, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Jim Whitehurst, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.

Who is the agent for Jim Whitehurst?

All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Jim Whitehurst for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Jim Whitehurst for your next private or corporate function.

What is a full-service talent booking agency?

All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Jim Whitehurst or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Jim Whitehurst or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.


Jim Whitehurst is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics including Information Technology, Technology and Business. The estimated speaking fee range to book Jim Whitehurst for live events is Below $10,000. Please contact us for virtual event fees. Jim Whitehurst generally travels from Raleigh, NC, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Jeff Taylor, Paul Orfalea and Jim McCann. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Jim Whitehurst for an upcoming event.

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