Jeff Clarke (businessman)

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Jeff Clarke
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BornJuly 1961 (age 58)
OccupationBusiness executive
Known forCEO of Kodak

Jeffrey J. Clarke (born July 1961 in Ithaca, New York) is the former CEO of Kodak.



Clarke earned a master's degree in business administration from Northeastern University in 1985.[1]


Clarke was hired by Digital Equipment Corporation in 1985, and came to Compaq when it purchased DEC in 1998. Compaq appointed him as chief financial officer in March 2001.[2] He was executive vice president of global operations for HP,

Clarke was named chief operating officer for CA (formerly Computer Associates) in April 2004.[3]

Clarke was promoted to chief executive officer and president of Cendant's travel distribution services in April 2006.[4] Clarke next served as the Chairman of Travelport, Inc., a private, travel technology firm, where he served as CEO from 2006 to 2011, after leading its sale from Cendant Corporation to the Blackstone Group for US$4.3 billion in 2006.[5]

As Travelport CEO, he reorganized the company around three brands, engineered the acquisition of Worldspan and coordinated the sale of Orbitz Worldwide in an initial public offering on July 20, 2007.[6][7]

On March 12, 2014, he was named CEO and member of the Board of Directors of Kodak.[8] [9][10] Clarke announced his departure from Kodak on February 20, 2019, and was succeeded by Jim Continenza.[11]

Clarke was announced on November 13, 2017 as having joined the Docker board of directors.[12]

Boards and honors[edit]

Clarke was formerly a member of the Red Hat board of directors.[13] He served as a director for Compuware Corporation, an enterprise software company, from 2013 to 2014.[14][15] In March 2016, Clarke joined the board of directors at Autodesk, a multinational software corporation, for three months.[16] Clarke was chairman of the board of Orbitz Worldwide from 2007–2014.[17][18][19]

Clarke has also served on the Geneseo Foundation Board of Directors, where he delivered the address for the college’s 145th undergraduate commencement.[20] Clarke is a member of the Board of Trustees of Northeastern University.[21]


  1. ^ Travelport Limited: Jeff Clarke, Business Week. Accessed November 19, 2007.
  2. ^ Oppel Jr., Richard A. " Compaq to Cut 5,000 Jobs; Profit Forecast Is Lowered", The New York Times, March 16, 2001. Accessed November 8, 2007.
  3. ^ Neel, Dan (2004-04-01). "CA Taps Ex-Compaq CFO Jeff Clarke". CRN. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  4. ^ Sorkin, Andrew Ross. "Cendant expected to name chief of Web Travel Business Today", The New York Times, April 18, 2006. Accessed November 8, 2007.
  5. ^ Burnett, Erin."Travelport - Pres. & CEO Interview.", CNBC, August 24, 2006. Accessed November 9, 2007.
  6. ^ "Orbitz's IPO prices at $15/share", Reuters UK. July 19, 2007. Accessed November 19, 2007.
  7. ^ "Travelport cues up Worldspan: One-on-one with CEO Jeff Clarke", Business Travel News Online. Accessed November 19, 2007.
  8. ^ "Kodak Names Tech Veteran as CEO". The Wall Street Journal. March 12, 2014. Retrieved March 12, 2014.
  9. ^ "Kodak Names Oribitz Chairman Clarke as New CEO". Bloomberg. March 12, 2014.
  10. ^ "Kodak names Clarke new CEO". USA TODAY. Retrieved 2017-08-21.
  11. ^ Cleveland, Will. "Jim Continenza takes helm at Kodak; Jeff Clarke out as CEO". Rochester Democrat and Chronicle.
  12. ^ "Docker Announces the Appointment of Jeff Clarke, CEO of Kodak, to its Board of Directors". Docker (Press release). 13 November 2017.
  13. ^ "BRIEF-Red Hat says Jeffrey Clarke informed company of his resignation from board". Reuters. 2 August 2016. Retrieved 30 August 2016.
  14. ^ Red Hat Board of Directors list., Accessed August 11, 2011.
  15. ^ Autodesk Executive Bio., Accessed April 29, 2016.
  16. ^ "Autodesk Appoints New Directors". Autodesk. 11 March 2016. Archived from the original on 28 April 2016. Retrieved 22 April 2016.
  17. ^ Orbitz Worldwide, Inc., Google Finance. Accessed November 19, 2007.
  18. ^ "Orbitz Worldwide names Scott Forbes chairman". Crain's Chicago Business. 2014-04-14. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  19. ^ "Kodak CEO post goes to Orbitz chairman Jeff Clarke". CNET. 2014-03-13. Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  20. ^ "Alumnus Jeff Clarke to Address 145th Undergraduate Commencement May 14 | SUNY Geneseo". Retrieved 2015-04-11.
  21. ^ "Members of the Corporation 2014-2015 | Northeastern University". Retrieved 2015-04-11.

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