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Mark Whitacre

Cypress Systems, Inc.
COO & President
Pensacola, FL, USA


Mark Whitacre is the subject of the 2009 Warner Brothers and Steven Soderbergh-directed feature film, "The Informant" starring Matt Damon as Mark Whitacre, and the 2009 Discovery Channel TV-documentary, "Undercover".

Mark Whitacre is an Ivy League Ph.D. and was the highest-level executive of a Fortune 500 company to become a whistleblower in US history. After blowing the whistle in 1992, Mark then worked as a cooperating witness for the FBI for almost 3 years wearing a wire everyday in one of the largest price-fixing cases in history.

After the case went overt, Mark was exposed to have embezzled $9.5 million that started before he met the FBI and continued during his cooperation with them. Mark went to federal prison for eight and one-half years for the frauds. What was remarkable, he was able to keep his marriage to his high school sweetheart and family completely intact. The victims of the price-fixing, several food companies and their class action law firm, assisted Mark’s family financially while he was incarcerated. FBI agents involved with Mark's case more recently (starting in 2008) went public to the media with support for Mark because of his substantial assistance with one of the most important white-collar cases in history. Four FBI agents - along with a former federal prosecutor involved with Mark's case- have been lobbying for a Presidential Pardon.

After Mark's decade-long prison sentence was completed, he rejoined his loving family and was quickly hired as an executive back to his roots in the biotechnology industry. Mark stated that he is extremely fortunate to have a second chance.

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