Major General Burke W. Whitman is a military and corporate leader. For his lifelong service in both sectors, Dartmouth College in 2013 awarded him its first annual James Wright Award for Distinguished Service.
As a United States Marine Corps officer, he currently serves as Commanding General of the 4th Marine Division. He previously commanded infantry, reconnaissance, and light armor units at multiple levels, including platoons, companies, a battalion, and an infantry regiment. He has served on the staffs of Headquarters Marine Corps, U.S. Central Command, and the Joint Chiefs of Staff. He has led Marines on five continents and aboard ship. He has conducted combat operations in Bosnia, Iraq, and Afghanistan.
As a corporate executive, he has served as CEO, CFO, president, and board member of multiple corporations, including two Fortune 500 companies traded on the New York Stock Exchange. Institutional Investor Magazine on multiple occasions has named him a Best CFO and Best CEO.
He has served on the boards of the Toys for Tots Foundation, the Federation of American Hospitals, Marine Corps University, and The Lovett School, and on the founders group of the National Museum of the Marine Corps. He chairs the Marine Reserve Policy Board which advises the Secretary of the Navy, and is a member of the national Reserve Force Policy Board which advises the Secretary of Defense.
Reared in Atlanta, he earned his high school diploma from The Lovett School where he played multiple sports and graduated with honors, a BA from Dartmouth College on a work scholarship where he played rugby and graduated with honors, an MBA from Harvard University, and an MSS from the United States Army War College. He is a lifelong member of the Anglican Communion of Churches.