Jim Kavanaugh

James P. (Jim) Kavanaugh (born 1963) is an American businessman serving as the CEO of World Wide Technology.

Jim Kavanaugh
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Born1963 (age 58–59)
Alma materSaint Louis University
OccupationCEO of World Wide Technology
Board member of

Sports involvementEdit

Kavanaugh played soccer at Saint Louis University, graduating in 1986. In 1983, he was selected as Missouri amateur player of the year and competed for the United States in the 1983 Pan American Games.[1]

In 1986, Kavanaugh was drafted to the Los Angeles Lazers, a Major Indoor Soccer League team, as the second pick in the first round of the professional soccer draft.[2] After a short stint in the league, Kavanaugh turned to a career in business. Kavanaugh became the president of the board at St. Louis Scott Gallagher Soccer Club and Saint Louis FC board in 2012. He is a co-owner of the St. Louis Blues hockey team.[1][3]

World Wide TechnologyEdit

Kavanaugh with President George W. Bush in 2008

Kavanaugh worked as a sales manager for Future Electronics.[4] In 1990, Kavanaugh joined David Steward in World Wide Technology (WWT), a company that provides technology products and services. He served as chief executive officer (CEO) since that time, while the company grew to billions of dollors in revenue.[5] By 2015 it had become one of the largest companies in the St. Louis area.[6] By 2021, WWT reveues were over $13 billion, and his net worth was estimated as $2.3 billion.[7]


  • 2010: Saint Louis University Business Hall of Fame.[8]
  • 2007: EY Entrepreneur of the Year[9]
  • 1998: Forty under 40[10]


  1. ^ a b Lyons, Joe (July 26, 2015). "Questions with St. Louis FC's Jim Kavanaugh". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  2. ^ "Lazers Trade Garcia, Kavanaugh". Los Angeles Times. February 21, 1987. Retrieved April 4, 2016.
  3. ^ "Jim Kavanaugh Honored by St. Louis Sports Hall of Fame". slubillikens.com.
  4. ^ Anthony Donaghue (December 10, 2017). "CEO Spotlight: World Wide Technology's Jim Kavanaugh". Born 2 Invest. Retrieved February 3, 2022.
  5. ^ Feldt, Brian (January 13, 2017). "How World Wide Technology used innovation to become a $9 billion giant". St. Louis Business Journal. Archived from the original on January 15, 2017. Retrieved February 2, 2017.
  6. ^ Barker, Jacob (June 14, 2015). "World Wide Technology readies strategy for continued growth". St. Louis Post-Dispatch. Archived from the original on April 22, 2018. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  7. ^ Joann S. Lublin (January 2, 2021). "How WWT's Jim Kavanaugh Got the Goal He Wanted: The former professional soccer player reveals the mentors he turned to while building a successful high-tech company". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved February 2, 2022.
  8. ^ Business.slu.edu
  9. ^ "Local Entrepreneur of the Year winners announced". St. Louis Business Journal.
  10. ^ "Forty Under 40". St. Louis Business Journal.