RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK – Jim Whitehurst, former CEO of Raleigh-based Red Hat before it was sold in 2019 to IBM where he served as president before leaving in 2021, is back in a CEO role.
United Software named Whitehurst – also now a board member at Unity – as its interim CEO. Unity is one of the world’s largest game engine developers. It’s based in San Francisco. The company currently is worth more than $11 billion.
The shuffle came as the company grapples with a rebellion by customers over price increase, notes The New York Times.
The move came after Unity CEO John Riccitiello’s decision to retire. He also was the company’s board chair.
“I am honored to join Unity as Interim CEO and President at this important time in its evolution,” Whitehurst said in a statement. “With the Company’s experienced leadership and passionate employees, I am confident that Unity is well-positioned to continue enhancing its platform, strengthening its community of customers, developers and partners, and focusing on its growth and profitability goals. I look forward to working closely with the Board and our talented global team to execute on our strategy, and I anticipate a seamless transition.”
Whitehurst joined Red Hat as CEO in 2007 and remained in that role until the IBM deal.
Unity builds software focused on the video game industry.