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5 Things To Know About IBM’s New President Jim Whitehurst

James Whitehurst brings a wide range of experience from corporate bankruptcy turnarounds to massive software revenue growth to IBM that combined could shake up Big Blue's business in a positive way and help restart growth.

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Whitehurst: The Multi-faceted Executive 

When IBM looked at ensuring a smooth succession after Ginni Rometty -- the company's current chairman, president, and CEO -- steps down later this year, it found what it was looking for in two company executives. 

For its new CEO, IBM chose Arvind Krishna, currently the company's senior vice president for cloud and cognitive software and a longtime employee. But for president, IBM looked both inside and outside the box to choose James “Jim” Whitehurst, currently senior vice president of IBM and CEO of Red Hat. Whitehurst joined IBM only recently thanks to IBM's 2019 acquisition of Red Hat, which is known for the Linux operating system into a huge money maker for the company and one of the underpinnings for the cloud. 

Whitehurst is bringing some unique experience to the top of the IBM executive team. For instance, he helped spearhead the recovery of another corporate giant, Delta Airlines, before transforming into the CEO of the fastest-growing open source software company. 

For a look at what Whitehurst brings to IBM, and how it might impact Big Blue going forward, turn the page. 

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