James D. Robinson III
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James Dixon Robinson III (born Nov. 19, 1935 in Atlanta, Ga.) is an American businessman best known for his position as the chief executive officer of American Express Co. from 1977 until his retirement in 1993.
Robinson attended Woodberry Forest School and is a 1957 graduate of Georgia Tech's School of Industrial Management where he was a member of the Chi Phi Fraternity. He gained an MBA from Harvard in 1961.
While at American Express, Robinson played a prominent role in the RJR Nabisco leveraged buyout battle as chronicled in the book Barbarians at the Gate. Former Senator Fred Dalton Thompson played Robinson in the 1993 movie. Additionally, Robinson is the main character featured in another book, written by the same author as "Barbarians.." In the book Vendetta: American Express and the Smearing of Edmond Safra, the author proves the case that due to an apparent lack of personal character and a hyper vindictive nature, Robinson, directly from his own corporate office, personally oversaw the loathsome smearing of Safra for personal and competitive gain. Edmond Safra was a wealthy European Banker that had formerly merged with American Express and then backed out of the deal due to what he viewed as Robinson's abuse and duplicity. American Express settled with Safra by writing him a check for a large sum of money which Safra gave to charity.
Robinson has been a director of The Coca-Cola Company since 1975. He is a general partner and co-founder of RRE Ventures, a private information technology venture investment firm, along with his son, James D. Robinson IV, a venture capitalist, and a classmate of his son from Harvard Business School, Stuart J. Ellman. Robinson is also president of J.D. Robinson, Inc., a strategic consulting firm. He was chairman of Violy, Byorum & Partners, who operated in South America.
Robinson also serves on the Boards of Directors of The Coca-Cola Company Inc. and PrimeRevenue, and is honorary chairman of the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center. Robinson is a member of the Business Council and the Council on Foreign Relations, and an honorary trustee of the Brookings Institution. In previous years, he served as co-chairman of the Business Roundtable and chairman of the Advisory Committee on Trade Policy and Negotiations. He is currently a member of investment bank Jefferies Global Senior Advisory Board.
Robinson and two of his partners at RRE Ventures, James D. Robinson IV and Richard McGinn, are all members of the Augusta National Golf Club.
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