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IBM President Jim Whitehurst’s 10 Boldest Remarks From Best Of Breed Virtual 2020

“I come from the airline industry,” said Whitehurst. “They say planes don’t have rearview mirrors. If you’re moving forward, it doesn’t matter what’s behind you.”

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IBM’s Jim Whitehurst At TCC’s BoB

In April, after more than a decade at the helm of open source giant Red Hat, Jim Whitehurst stepped into the role of president of IBM—charged with driving Big Blue’s business strategy into the hybrid and multi-cloud era.

The elevation to the second-highest job at the technology behemoth came amid the enormous workforce and industry disruptions caused by the coronavirus crisis, further challenging implementation of a broad transformation strategy that leans heavily on IBM’s Red Hat subsidiary, its broad ISV ecosystem, and its massive network of channel partners.

In an interview at Best of Breed (BoB) 2020, a virtual channel thought leadership conference hosted by CRN parent The Channel Company, Whitehurst discussed his vision for the storied 109-year-old company and the roadmap for achieving it.

“I come from the airline industry,” the former chief operating officer at Delta Air Lines told The Channel Company’s Executive Chairman Robert Faletra and Editor News Steven Burke.

“They say planes don’t have rearview mirrors. If you’re moving forward, it doesn’t matter what’s behind you.”

 
 
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