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Whitehorn's early career was as a crewman on North Sea helicopters and also with the Thomas Cook travel agency. In 1987, Whitehorn joined the Virgin Group after being talent-spotted by Sir Richard Branson, after he had suggested a number of ideas to Virgin the previous year. He rose to become the head of Virgin's public affairs department.[when?] In that role, where he was effectively the official spokesperson for the company, he was sometimes characterized as Richard Branson's "right-hand man".
From 2007 to 2011 he was president of Virgin's space program, Virgin Galactic, but left owing to the relocation of the testing area. Since 2011 he has been a non-executive director of Stagecoach Group, where he was appointed Deputy Chairman in 2016, and he has the same roles at Good Energy.
Whitehorn was Chairman of the Transport Systems Catapult project from 2013 to 2016, and President of the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport in the UK for 2016–17.
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