People: AT&T Inc (T.N)
Mr. James H. Blanchard is Lead Independent Director of AT&T Inc. He is Chairman of the Board and Partner of Jordan-Blanchard Capital, LLC (a private equity alternative asset management firm in Columbus, Georgia) and has served in this capacity since August 2011. He was Chairman of the Board of Synovus Financial Corp. (a diversified financial services holding company) from 2005 to 2006, and prior to that served as its Chief Executive Officer from 1971 to 2005. Mr. Blanchard has over 35 years of finance and banking experience and in 2005 received recognition by US Banker Magazine as one of the “25 Most Influential People in Financial Services.” Mr. Blanchard received his B.B.A. in business administration and his law degree from the University of Georgia. Mr. Blanchard has been a Director of AT&T since 2006. He served as a Director of BellSouth Corporation from 1994 until the company was acquired by AT&T in 2006. He previously served as a Director of BellSouth Telecommunications Inc. from 1988 to 1994. He is the Chairperson of the Corporate Development and Finance Committee and a member of the Executive Committee and the Human Resources Committee. Mr. Blanchard is a Director of Total System Services, Inc. He previously served as a Director of Synovus Financial Corp. (1970-2012).
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