Jim Cicconi, senior executive vice president-External and Legislative Affairs, is responsible for AT&T's public policy organization. He has served in this capacity since November 2005, shortly after the close of the merger between SBC Communications and AT&T Corp.
Previously, Mr. Cicconi served as general counsel and executive vice president-Law and Government Affairs at AT&T Corp. Before joining AT&T in September 1998, he was a partner at Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, L.L.P. Mr. 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 a special assistant to President Ronald Reagan.
Mr. Cicconi currently serves as a director of the El Paso Electric Company and the American Council on Germany, as a member of the University of Texas at Austin Development Board, as a trustee of the Brookings Institution and is vice president of the George Bush Presidential Library Foundation. He has also served as a presidential appointee to the Review Advisory Committee for UNESCO and to the Administrative Conference of the United States.
Mr. 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.