John Whitman

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John Whitman
First Gentleman of New Jersey
In office
January 18, 1994 – January 31, 2001
Governor Christine Todd Whitman
Preceded by Lucinda Florio
Succeeded by Diane DiFrancesco
Personal details
Born John Russell Whitman
Spouse(s) Christine Todd Whitman
Alma mater Yale University
Harvard Business School (MBA)
Occupation businessman
John Whitman
Born John Russell Whitman
Alma mater Yale University
Harvard Business School (MBA)
Occupation businessman
Predecessor Lucinda Florio
Successor Diane DiFrancesco
Spouse(s) Christine Todd Whitman
Relatives Charles S. Whitman (grandfather)

John Russell Whitman is an American businessman who served as First Gentleman of New Jersey from January 18, 1994 to January 31, 2001. Whitman has had a long career in banking and financial services, including working at Citigroup. Whitman is the grandson of Charles S. Whitman, 41st Governor of New York. He is the husband of former Governor of New Jersey Christine Todd Whitman.[1]

Whitman is a graduate of Yale University and received an MBA from the Harvard Business School.[2] He began his banking career with Citicorp in 1972 eventually rising to Vice President in charge of the Corporate Finance Department of Citicorp International Bank Ltd. in London.[2] Whitman served as Chairman and CEO of Prudential-Bache Interfunding from 1987 to 1990.[3][2] He is currently the managing partner of Sycamore Ventures, an international venture capital fund incorporated in the Cayman Islands.[4]

During his wife's term as Governor of New Jersey, Whitman held no official role in her administration. He was appointed by his wife as co-chairman of the New Jersey World Cup Host Committee in 1994.[5] He also mediated the 1995 negotiations between the New Jersey Devils and the New Jersey Sports and Exhibition Authority that kept the Devils from moving to Nashville.[6] In 1997, Whitman was appointed by his wife to head the fund raising committee to restore the dome of the New Jersey State Capitol.[7]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Fitzgerald, Barbara (3 February 2002). "There's a Big Stink At Whitman's E.P.A.". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 August 2010. 
  2. ^ a b c "John Whitman". www.sycamorevc.com. Sycamore Ventures Pte Ltd. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  3. ^ Peterson, Melody (February 16, 1997). "At Home: The Governor's Close Ties to Prudential". New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  4. ^ Peterson, Melody (October 18, 1997). "Whitman's Husband Has Behind-the-Scenes Role". New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  5. ^ Jones, Joyce (March 13, 1994). "For Governor's Husband, A World Cup Role". New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  6. ^ Dellapina, John (July 11, 1995). "Meaningful Meeting? Devils, Jersey Keep Negotiations Going". New York Daily News. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
  7. ^ Pristin, Terry (October 25, 1996). "Funds Sought for State Dome". New York Times. Retrieved February 23, 2011. 
Preceded by
Lucinda Florio
First Gentleman of New Jersey
1994–2001
Succeeded by
Diane DiFrancesco