Fortune 100 | episode 510

Driving Cultural Change with IBM President (and former Red Hat CEO) Jim Whitehurst

Jim Whitehurst is the President of IBM, a technology giant with revenues in excess of $77 billion annually. In this role, Jim is responsible for the IBM Cloud and Cognitive Software organization, as well as Corporate Strategy. Jim joined IBM when it acquired Red Hat in 2019 for $34 billion. He had been the President and CEO of Red Hat. December 10, 2020

510: IBM President and former Red Hat CEO Jim Whitehurst discusses

  • The differences in IBM and Red Hat’s culture
  • Why they are looking to inject cultural elements from each other into their own operating models
  • The three cultural characteristics IBM wants to drive: entrepreneurial spirit, growth mindset, and radical candor
  • Why IBM decided to spin out the managed services business
  • Why Red Hat is separate from IBM
  • The importance and potential of AI
  • How IBM thinks about where it’s going to invest versus where it’s going to rely on open source

Among a variety of other topics.


This episode is sponsored by Sykes

There so much value in applied AI and we are still in the relatively early days there.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

From strategy to implementation

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