Burke Whitman serves and leads mission-driven organizations—corporate, civic, government.
In corporate service, he is the CEO of Colmar Holdings and a member of the Boards of Directors of Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: FOLD) and Omega Healthcare (NYSE: OHI). He has served as CEO, CFO, and President of two start-ups and two Fortune 500 companies listed on the New York Stock Exchange. Institutional Investor Magazine named him a Best CFO and Best CEO.
For civil society, he has served on the Boards of Directors of the Federation of American Hospitals and the Toys for Tots Foundation, and on the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University. He is a Founder of the National Museum of the Marine Corps, and a Trustee of the Lovett School in Atlanta where in 2017 he delivered the commencement address. For the country, he served for three decades as a reserve officer of the U.S. Marine Corps, including full-time in the 2010s. He led five combat deployments, was the Commanding General of the 4th Marine Division and Marine Forces Reserve, and served in the Office of the Secretary of Defense. In early 2019, he retired from the reserve as a Major General, then the senior rank for a reserve Marine. As a civilian, he is a member the Reserve Forces Policy Board.
An Atlanta native, he earned an MBA from Harvard University, an MSS from the Army War College, and BA on a work scholarship from Dartmouth College where he played rugby. In 2013, Dartmouth awarded him its first James Wright Award for Distinguished Service, named for a former president of the College, and awarded annually to an alumnus who “over the course of a lifetime has exemplified the ideals of service, college, and country.”
(As of July 2019)