James “Jim” Adams is the former Chairman of the Board of Texas Instruments, Group President of SBC Communications, and President & CEO of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. He served on Texas Instruments’ Board for 21 years. For all but three years of that tenure, when he was elected as employee Chairman, he was an independent director who had significant experience in serving as a member and several terms as chair of most of the Board committees, including Audit, Governance and Nominating committees. He previously served with SBC Communications as Group President, where he was responsible for International Operations. Prior to that, Jim served as President & CEO of Southwestern Bell Telephone Company. Jim began his career with Southwestern Bell in 1965 in San Antonio as a Computer Supervisor. During his business career he has served on the Boards of a number of public companies and on board committees of all of them. His special interests have been developing and executing strategy, implementing large scale change, and being part of industry leading performance teams.
In addition to his career involvement, Jim is also actively involved in community affairs. His special interests have been economic development and a number of educational thrusts. He served as Chairman of the Special Commission on 21st Century Colleges and Universities set up by Governor Perry. He is also a founder and President of the Harlandale Education Foundation which has a goal of insuring every graduate of that school district access to a University education. He worked with a select leadership team gathered by President George H. Bush in achieving passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act. In the educational arena, he was the statewide chairman and co-founder of Communities in Schools in Texas. That organization focuses on educational opportunities in secondary schools, particularly for disadvantaged youth.
His current civic and corporate board activities include LiftFund (the second largest US non-profit micro-lender), Oncor Electric Delivery Corp, Transpecos Financial Corporation, and Transpecos Holdings Corporation.
Jim is a graduate of Texas A&M University with a BA in mathematics and of The University of Texas with a MBA in statistics and finance.