Regional President, USO Southeast
Jim Whaley is the Regional President of USO Southeast and responsible for USO operations and fund development in ten states North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia, Alabama, Louisiana, Florida, Mississippi, Tennessee, Kentucky, and the southern half of Virginia.
Previously, Jim served as President and CEO for USO of North Carolina. He was responsible for planning and organizing operations across the state, including six USO fixed centers, three satellite centers, and a mobile center in the areas in and surrounding Jacksonville, Charlotte, Fayetteville, and Raleigh-Durham, North Carolina.
Preceding his role as President and CEO for USO of NC, Jim served as the Vice President, Global Corporate Communications and Government Affairs for Sealed Air Corporation, a Fortune 500 company. Jim was responsible for all internal and external corporate communications, branding, public affairs, and Sealed Air’s philanthropic and governmental strategies, as well as improving the communities where Sealed Air employees live and work.
Prior, Jim served as the Senior Vice President of Communications and Marketing for Siemens Corporation a Fortune 50 company, where he was responsible for the strategy, direction and management of corporate communications and marketing in North America. Jim led the execution of the U.S. Answers Campaign, the largest branding and marketing campaign in the company’s history. as Chairman of the Siemens Foundation where he designed and implemented Siemens Science Day globally and expanded the scope and reach of Siemens philanthropy globally.
Jim served as Director of Communications at the United States Military Academy at West Point. In that position he executed an innovative communications plan in celebration of West Point’s 200th anniversary. This plan resulted in 19 books, eight network television documentaries, and won the Public Relations Society of America Award of Excellence and the PR Week Public Campaign of the Year.
He is a graduate of Lock Haven University where he received his undergraduate degree. He completed his MBA at Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University. Jim was a Master Army Aviator and U.S. Army Helicopter Instructor Pilot. He was awarded the Legion of Merit, Air Assault Badge and Humanitarian Service Medal, as well as numerous other awards.
Jim serves on the Boards of Directors of Veterans Bridge Home, and Red Cross of the Carolinas.
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