Jim Whitehurst

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Raleigh, NC

Jim Whitehurst is President and Chief Executive Officer of Red Hat, the world’s leading provider of open source enterprise IT products and services. 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 Red Hat in 2008, Whitehurst has grown the company, 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.

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I agree. If members of a project can be transparent with their motives for participating, and have a window into the motives of other participates, that allows a foundation from which trust and understanding can be built. If there is trust and understanding, sharing info, collaborating, being transparent, and creating value are much easier.

I've seen Tim Yeaton at Red Hat and Mike Olson at Cloudera both take the challenge.