Donna Kennedy Barksdale




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Jim BarksdaleJim Barksdale

Jim Barksdale, a Mississippi native, currently heads the Barksdale Management Corporation, a philanthropic investment corporation. Jim is former President and Chief Executive Officer at Netscape Communications Corporation from January 1995 until the company merged wirh America Online in March 1999. Following the merger, Jim joined Time Warner's board of directors.

Prior to Netscape, Jim served as CEO of AT&T Wireless Services beginning September 1994 following the merger of AT&T and McCaw Cellular Communications, Inc. From January 1992 until the merger, he held the positions of President and Chief Operating Officer of McCaw.

Prior to McCaw, Barksdale spent twelve years with Federal Express Corporation. From 1979 to 1983, he served as Chief Information Officer, overseeing the development and implementation of the company's world-renowned customer service and package tracking systems. In 1983, he became Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer.

In January 2000, Jim and his late-wife, Sally, gifted $100-million to the State of Misissippi to create the Barksdale Reading Institute.

In 1997, Netscape received the "Entrepreneurial Company of the Year" award from both Stanford and Harvard business schools. Computer Reseller News named Barksdale #1 "Executive of the Year," PC Magazine named him "Person of the Year," and at the 1997 ETRE Conference in Budapest he received the "Executive of the Year" award. Barksdale currently serves on the boards of Time-Warner, Sun Microsystems, Inc., Federal Express, Mayo Clinic Foundation and In-Q-Tel. Jim has also received awards such as the BEAR award from Brown University for citizenship, the Headwave Award from the State of Mississippi, and the NetDay Hero award for his work in education.  He has been inducted into the University of Mississippi Hall of Fame, the Mississippi Business Hall of Fame and the Memphis Society of Entrepreneurs.

Jim was appointed to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board by President George W. Bush.  Immediately following Hurricane Katrina, he was appoined by Governor Haley Barbour to chair the Governor's Commission on the Recovery, Rebuilding and Renewal of Mississippi.

Jim received his B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi.

 

 

 
 
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