Burke W. Whitman serves as an American leader of business, national, and civil society organizations. Currently he is CEO of Colmar Holdings, a board director of Omega Healthcare Investors (NYSE: OHI) and Amicus Therapeutics (Nasdaq: FOLD), member of the Reserve Forces Policy Board, trustee of the Lovett School, and lay leader in the Anglican Church. He has served as CEO and CFO of two Fortune 500 companies and as a reserve general officer in command of 4th Marine Division and Marine Forces Reserve.
Previously in business, he served as the Chief Executive Officer and Chief Financial Officer of two Fortune 500 Companies publicly-listed on the New York Stock Exchange, Health Management Associates, Inc. (then NYSE: HMA) and Triad Hospitals, Inc. (then NYSE: TRI), both successfully sold. Before that he was president and vice president of two other companies, Deerfield Healthcare Corporation (Private: DHC) and Almost Family (Nasdaq: AFAM), also sold. Prior to that he was as an investment banker with Morgan Stanley (NYSE: MS) in corporate real estate and corporate finance. In its annual rankings, Institutional Investor Magazine has named him a repeat Best CFO and Best CEO.
Concurrently in service to nation, he served for three decades as a reserve officer of the U.S. Marine Corps. Called to full-time active duty 1985-88 and again 2009-18, he took leave from his corporate executive activity. Among many deployments, he led combat deployments to Bosnia, Iraq twice, and Afghanistan twice. As a commanding officer, he commanded at every level: platoon, company, 4th Reconnaissance Battalion, and 25th Marine Regiment. As a general officer, he served as the Commanding General of 4th Marine Division and Marine Forces Reserve, and the Secretary of Defense tapped him to serve as the first Uniformed Spokesperson for the Department of Defense. Following his completion of temporary full-time service, he elected to retire as a Major General and the Corps’ senior reservist in order to return to primary civilian activity. His decorations include the Distinguished Service Medal, Defense Superior Service Medal, two Legion of Merit Medals, Bronze Star Medal, two Combat Action Ribbons, and Presidential Unit Citation, among others.
Concurrently in service to civil society, he served previously on the Board of Directors of the Federation of American Hospitals, the Board of Directors of the Toys for Tots Foundation, the Board of Visitors of Marine Corps University, and the Founders Group of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. A regular public speaker, he has delivered, among other speeches, the annual commencement address at the Lovett School, the annual veterans address at Harvard University, and the annual Marine Corps address at the Union League Club in New York. In 2013 he received from Dartmouth College its first annual award for an alumnus whose “lifetime exemplifies the ideals of service, college, country,” the James Wright Award for Distinguished Service.
Reared in Atlanta, he earned a Bachelor of Arts on scholarship from Dartmouth College where he played rugby and was inducted into the Sphinx Senior Society; a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University; a Master in Strategic Studies degree from the United States Army War College; and is earning a Master of Ministry degree from Nashotah House Theological Seminary. He resides in Atlanta.
(As of June 2020)