Jim Kavanaugh & Joe Koenig: On Business and Friendship

Move This World Founder & CEO Sara Potler LaHayne sits down with World Wide Technology CEO Jim Kavanaugh, and its President, Joe Koenig. The two former college roommates talk of how, contrary to popular belief, working with close friends can help us not only personally, but professionally.

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About Jim Kavanaugh, CEO, World Wide Technology

Jim Kavanaugh is the co-founder and CEO of World Wide Technology (WWT), a $14.5 billion information technology systems integrator. Kavanaugh and his management team have guided WWT from a small start-up technology company into a world-class organization with more than 8,000 employees. Kavanaugh is honored that WWT has been included in the 2021 Fortune 100 Best Companies to Work For list by Great Place to Work for 11 consecutive years. Kavanaugh was included on Glassdoor’s Highest Rated CEOs During the COVID-19 Crisis list in 2020 and ranked #24 on the Top CEO list in 2021. Kavanaugh is a board member of cybersecurity firm Privoro and a member of Business Roundtable. He has also been a trustee of the board for his alma mater, St. Louis University since 2010. Deeply committed to giving back to the community, Kavanaugh serves and supports St. Patrick Center, Junior Achievement, American Cancer Society, ALS Association, St. Baldrick’s Foundation, Toys for Tots, Cardinal Glennon, and United Way. Kavanaugh was chairman and founder of Saint Louis FC. He is also an investor owner in the St. Louis Blues and an investor owner in St. Louis City SC, a new Major League Soccer franchise.

About Joe Koenig, President, World Wide Technology

Joe has over 31 years of experience in the information technology industry. As President, he directs and manages all sales, marketing, business operations and professional services. He is responsible for managing relationships with key business partners and customers while setting the overall strategy of the business. Prior to WWT, Joe held various sales, marketing and project management positions with Computer Sciences Corporation. Koenig holds a bachelor’s degree in finance from St. Louis University.  Also, Joe currently serves as a Board Member and Chair of Boys Hope Girls Hope and Board Chair of The CEOs Against Cancer – St. Louis.  Joe also supports a number of other charities such as the Siteman Cancer Center, United Way, ALS, Ronald McDonald House and others.

 

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