James R. (Jim) Adams joined the board of Texas Instruments in 1989. He has held membership on a majority of board committees, including Audit, Board Organization and Nominating, Compensation, and Stockholder Relations and Public Policy.
Prior to and concurrent with his early association with TI, Mr. Adams had an extensive career in the telecommunications industry. He joined Southwestern Bell Telephone Co. in 1965, the same year he earned an MBA in statistics and business finance from the University of Texas in Austin. He began as a computer supervisor in San Antonio, and, after holding many positions throughout the country with Southwestern Bell and AT&T, he became president of Southwestern Bell in 1988.
Mr. Adams retired from SBC Communications Inc., formerly Southwestern Bell, in 1995. As Group President, he was responsible for international operations, including the company's investment in Telefonos de Mexico and domestic cable operations.
In addition to his professional endeavors, Mr. Adams participates in a range of activities in business, government, civic affairs and education. He currently serves on the boards of the Dallas Citizens Council, the Telecom Corridor Technology Business Council and the Dallas Symphony Association. He is a member of the Texas A&M Capital Campaignteering Committee]], the Baylor University Hankamer School of Business Advisory Board, and the University of Texas Engineering School Advisory Council.
In addition to his MBA, Mr. Adams earned bachelor's degrees in math and physics from Texas A&M University in 1961.