In the fast-paced and ever-evolving world of technology, few leaders have left an indelible mark quite like Jim Kavanaugh. As the co-founder and CEO of World Wide Technology (WWT), he has guided the company from its humble beginnings to becoming a global technology solution provider.

Jim's inspiring leadership style, unwavering commitment to his employees' well-being, and dedication to philanthropy have made him a revered figure in the business world.

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His journey began in 1990 when he co-founded WWT. With his visionary mindset, he transformed the company from a small startup into a powerhouse that helps organizations navigate the complexities of technology and drive digital transformation.

His relentless pursuit of innovation has not only benefited WWT but has also had a profound impact on its customers and partners. At the heart of Jim's leadership philosophy is his people-first approach. He believes that a healthy and vibrant workplace is the foundation for success.

By fostering a culture of inclusivity and prioritizing the well-being of his employees, he has created an award-winning environment at WWT. This emphasis on workplace culture has propelled the company's remarkable growth, with WWT now boasting a staggering $14.5 billion valuation and employing approximately 8,000 individuals globally.

Jim's exceptional business acumen and long-term planning have been instrumental in WWT's success. He leads the company's executive team and devotes significant time to strategic acquisitions, financial performance, and employee development.

His ability to steer WWT through the ever-changing landscape of technology has positioned the company as a key enabler for 70 of the Fortune 100 companies.

The impact of Jim's leadership has not gone unnoticed. During the challenging times of the COVID-19 pandemic, he was recognized as one of Glassdoor's most highly rated CEOs, a testament to his values-driven approach and commitment to employee well-being. In 2021, he was also named one of the 25 best CEOs in America by Glassdoor.

Beyond his professional achievements, Jim is a compassionate philanthropist deeply committed to giving back to the community.

As a member of the American Cancer Society's CEOs Against Cancer of Missouri - St. Louis Chapter, he led a transformative $9.1 million capital campaign that revitalized the Hope Lodge St. Louis. This facility now bears the name World Wide Technology Hope Lodge, providing a free home away from home for patients and their caregivers.

Jim's charitable endeavors extend to various local and national organizations, including the ALS Association, St. Baldrick's Foundation, Toys for Tots, Cardinal Glennon, Junior Achievement, and United Way. His unwavering support for these causes reflects his belief in the power of making a positive difference in people's lives.

In addition to his roles at WWT and his philanthropic work, Jim is an investor and board member of cybersecurity firm Privoro. He also serves as a board member of Stifel Financial Corporation and is a member of Business Roundtable, further exemplifying his influence and involvement in the business world.

Additionally, he has served as a trustee of the board for his alma mater since 2010, highlighting his commitment to supporting and shaping future generations of business leaders.

Beyond the world of technology and business, Jim's passion for sports led him to become an investor/owner of Major League Soccer franchise St. Louis City SC and the National Hockey League team St. Louis Blues. Through these endeavors, he continues to contribute to the growth and success of the sports community in St. Louis.

While many IT companies are laying off employees, channel superstar World Wide Technology expects to hire up to 700 new employees in 2023. Jim is expecting sales growth at WWT in 2023 to help spur the hiring spree, even with some economic uncertainty ahead.

Jim’s personal and professional life is a testament to his visionary leadership, unwavering commitment to his employees' well-being, and dedication to philanthropy. His transformative impact on the tech industry, coupled with his generous contributions to the community, make him an inspiring figure, leaving a lasting legacy for years to come.