Has Red Hat’s Jim Whitehurst set himself up to succeed CEO Rometty at IBM?

Talk about who will replace Ginni Rometty as chair and CEO of IBM when she retires is not new. But. the deal – from the attractive financial terms for Red Hat to the distinction it would operate as a “distinct unit” within IBM under its CEO Jim Whitehurst and he would report directly to Rometty – only increases that chatter. Is Whitehurst the crown price?