James Attwood

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James A. Attwood Jr.
ResidenceDedham, Massachusetts, U.S.[1]
Bedford Hills, New York, U.S.
Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts, U.S.
Other namesJim Attwood
Alma materHarvard University (JD/MBA)
Yale University(AB/MA)
Board member ofNielsen Holdings PLC
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Spouse(s)Leslie K. Williams

James Albert Attwood Jr. is an American businessman. He serves as the managing director of The Carlyle Group and chairman of Nielsen Holdings PLC. He is a former investment banker at Goldman Sachs and EVP of Verizon Communications. He was a major donor to Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.


Attwood graduated summa cum laude from Yale University where he earned a AB in Applied Mathematics and a MA in Statistics in 1980.[2] He then attended Harvard University, and earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and an M.B.A. from Harvard Business School in 1984.[3]


Attwood started his career as an investment banker for Goldman Sachs, where he worked in New York City and Tokyo for eleven years.[2][4] He subsequently served as the Executive Vice President for Strategy, Development and Planning for Verizon Communications and the GTE Corporation for four years.[2][5] He joined The Carlyle Group in 2000, where he serves as Head of the Global Telecommunications, Media, and Technology Group and Managing Director.[4][3]

Attwood joined the board of directors of Nielsen Holdings in 2006 and was appointed its chairman in 2016.[6][4] He has served on the board of directors of CoreSite since September 2010.[5] He also serves as chairman of the board of directors of Syniverse.[7]

Attwood joined the Dean's Advisory Board for Harvard Law School in 2000.[3] He served as chair of the Caramoor Center for Music and the Arts in New York.[3]

Political activity[edit]

Attwood has donated to Correct the Record, a Super PAC which supports Hillary Clinton's 2016 presidential campaign.[8] He also donated to Priorities USA Action, another pro-Hillary Clinton Super PAC, in 2016, as well as to the Hillary Victory Fund and Hillary for America.[9]

Personal life[edit]

Attwood and his wife, Leslie Kim Williams, met at Harvard Law School, where they both graduated in the class of 1984.[3] They have one daughter, Samantha Kim Attwood. They reside in Bedford Hills, New York and Martha's Vineyard, where his neighbor is Alan Dershowitz.[3] He collects wine.[3]


  1. ^ FEC Contribution Report
  2. ^ a b c "James A. Attwood, Jr". The Carlyle Group. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  3. ^ a b c d e f g "Leadership profile: A conversation with James A. Attwood Jr. J.D./M.B.A. '84". Harvard Law Bulletin. October 5, 2015. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  4. ^ a b c "JAMES A. ATTWOOD JR.: CHAIRMAN". Nielsen Holdings. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  5. ^ a b "Board of Directors". CoreSite. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  6. ^ "Daily Research News Online no. 21996 - Attwood Replaces Calhoun in Nielsen Chair". www.mrweb.com. Retrieved April 19, 2018.
  7. ^ "Leadership: Board of Directors". Syniverse. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  8. ^ "Correct the Record: Contributors, 2016 cycle". OpenSecrets.com. Center for Responsive Politics. Retrieved October 28, 2016.
  9. ^ "James Attwood Political Campaign Contributions 2016 Election Cycle". CampaignMoney.com. Retrieved October 28, 2016.