Burke W. Whitman is a military and corporate leader. He has served as a major general of the United States Marine Corps, and as a chief executive officer and board member of multiple corporations.
As a Marine, he has served in the reserves and on full-time active duty as the commander of infantry and reconnaissance units at every level, including two platoons, two companies, a reconnaissance battalion, and an infantry regiment. He has conducted combat operations in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan, and commanded other deployments aboard ship and into Africa, Central America, the Middle East, and Western Pacific. He has served as an operations officer with United States Central Command, and developed national strategy and policy while serving with the Joint Chiefs of Staff.
As a General Officer on full-time active duty, he currently serves as Commanding General of the 4th Marine Division. He has also served as the Assistant Division Commander of 2d Marine Division; Deputy Commanding General of 2d Marine Expeditionary Force; Director of the Ministerial Advisor Group in Afghanistan providing military advice to the Ministry of Interior’s 157,000 Afghan National Defense and Security Forces as part of the International Security Assistance Force and its transition into the NATO Resolute Support mission; Commander of the Combined Forces Land & Maritime Components Command conducting Exercise Eager Lion in Jordan; and Director of the Marine & Family Division responsible for holistic fitness and readiness of all Marines and their Families in body, mind, and spirit. Also, since July 2016, he has been a Board member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, which serves as an independent advisor to Secretary of Defense Ash Carter on Reserve and National Guard matters.
As a civilian, Burke has served as President, Chief Executive Officer, Chief Financial Officer, and Board Member of multiple corporations, two traded on the New York Stock Exchange and listed among the Fortune 500 companies. He has served on the boards of the Federation of American Hospitals, Lovett School, Marine Corps University, and Toys for Tots Foundation; on the Founders Group of the National Museum of the Marine Corps; and on the Reserve Forces Policy Board, established by federal law to serve as an independent advisor to the Secretary of Defense. He was named a Best CEO and Best CFO in his Industry by Institutional Investor Magazine, and in 2013 was the first recipient of Dartmouth College’s annual Jim Wright Award for Distinguished Service.
Reared in Atlanta, Burke graduated with honors from Lovett High School, played rugby and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree with honors from Dartmouth College, earned a Master of Business Administration degree from Harvard University, earned a commission as an officer of Marines following graduate school, earned a Master of Strategic Studies degree from the United States Army War College, and is a lifelong member of the Episcopal and Anglican Communion of Churches.
(As of Jan 2018)