Meet the New ‘White Hat’ Activist Investors: Not Just Raiders Anymore

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Ralph Whitworth, Relational Investors LLC

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His pedigree and style come from having been a protégé of T. Boone Pickens, the oil-patch maverick investor and pioneering activist. Whitworth, himself a geologist and miner from Nevada, is one of the most respected activists with a long list of successful moves, plus board seats at Genzyme, Sprint Nextel, and Sovereign Bancorp. His most visible board position is at Hewlett Packard, a nexus of corporate activism as the seminal Silicon Valley company faces restructuring.

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