James W. Cicconi

Former Senior Executive Vice President,


Jim Cicconi retired in October 2016 as senior executive vice president of AT&T after 18 years with the company.  In that position, he was responsible for AT&T’s public policy organization and chaired the AT&T Foundation following the close of the merger between SBC Communications and AT&T Corp. in November 2005.

Previously, Cicconi served as General Counsel and Executive Vice President for law & government affairs at AT&T Corp. Prior to joining AT&T in 1998, he was a partner at the law firm Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. Cicconi also served in the White House under two presidents, including two years as Deputy Chief of Staff to President George H.W. Bush, and four years as special assistant to President Ronald Reagan and to White House Chief of Staff James A. Baker, III.

Cicconi currently serves as a Director of El Paso Electric Company, the National Archives Foundation, and as a fellow at the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.  He is a member of the Presidential Leadership Scholars Advisory Committee, the University of Texas at Austin Development Board, and is Vice President of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. In the past, Cicconi served as a presidential appointee to the UNESCO Review Advisory Committee and to the Administrative Conference of the United States, and also chaired the finance committee for the commissioning of USS GEORGE H.W. BUSH (CVN 77).

Cicconi earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Texas at Austin in 1974 and a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree from the University of Texas School of Law in 1977. He is a member of the District of Columbia Bar and the State Bar of Texas.

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