Interview with Cecil White

Director, Project Management Institute

Interviewed by İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey

Cecil White has been a volunteer leader for PMI since 2004, and has served PMI on advisory groups at the global level, and as president of the PMI Jamaica Chapter. He is a graduate of the PMI® Leadership Institute Master Class, has held the PMP® certification since 2006, and is a regular speaker at PMI® global events. In his professional capacity Dr. White has served in the government sector as the CEO of a regional teaching hospital, and as a senior vice president at a healthcare benefits administrator and pharmaceutical distributor. Prior to those appointments he spent over 15 years in the private sector with a number of organizations including multinational corporations such as Alcan Aluminum Ltd. in the aluminum extrusion business, and Caterpillar Inc., in the equipment sales and service dealership. He is currently an associate professor at the University of the West Indies. Dr. White has a Doctorate in Educational Leadership from Nova Southeastern University, an MBA from Barry University, and is a Lean Six Sigma Black Belt. He has a special interest in professional development and a passion for helping others to succeed.


Today, I have a special guest. I’ m sure most of you had heard this name before. Cecil White. He serves as a Director at the 2017 PMI Board.

Ipek Sahra Özgüler (Özgüler): Dear Cecil. First of all thank you very much for accepting the interview request. Please introduce yourself for PM World Journal readers.

Cecil White (White): First let me say, thank you for having me. It’s a great honor.

I am a former CEO and business executive, with over 25 years leadership experience in public and private companies. As an associate professor, I now help executives deliver greater value to the organizations that they serve through professional deveopment training and consulting. I have been associated with PMI and the project management profession in a variety of roles, for over 12 years and now serve on the PMI Board of Directors.

Özgüler:       How did you get involved with PMI?

White:          That is quite an interesting story. Many years ago, I wanted to find a way to enhance my career as a business manager. I had heard a little about Project management and the PMI through a friend, it sounded interesting and, I wanted to hear more. So, one afternoon I wandered into a meeting of the local chapter. I asked many questions about the profession and the organization, and I remember being intrigued and fascinated by the answers to my questions. I returned to other meetings and asked more questions. Soon, the chapter leaders realized my interest in the organization, and if I would accept a nomination for an open position on the Board. I accepted, and was elected and served in a variety volunteer roles until I was elected chapter president. After that, I started to serve at the global level, and I’ve been doing that since.

Özgüler:       As a member of the 2017 PMI Board of Directors, what is your role?


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About the Interviewer

İpek Sahra Özgüler

Istanbul, Turkey


İpek Sahra Özgüler
graduated from the Istanbul University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Computer Engineering and from Middle East Technical University with an MSc degree in Software Management. As a project manager, she has more than 10 years’ experience in various areas such as portfolio management, program management, project management, software management, business analysis. She became a certified PMP in January, 2012 and a certified SCRUM Master in 2014.

She has managed a variety of projects across manufacturing, defence, FMCG (Cola Cola), insurance (Euler Hermes), audit (Deloitte), telecommunication, ICT and aviation sectors and gained broader insights. In addition, she has worked as international correspondent for the PM World Journal since 2014.

İpek is based in Isanbul and can be contacted at [email protected] Her portfolio is published at the http://ipeksahra.strikingly.com/.

To view other works by Ms. Özgüler, visit her author showcase in the PM World Library at http://pmworldlibrary.net/authors/ipek-sahra-ozguler/