Jim Barksdale

Jim Barksdale

Jim Barksdale (born January 24, 1943) was the president and CEO of Netscape Communications Corporation from January 1995 until the company merged with AOL in March 1999.

Early life

James (Jim) Love Barksdale was born in Jackson, Mississippi. He received a B.A. in Business Administration from the University of Mississippi in 1965.


Barksdale was called before Congress several times during hearings about Microsoft and its alleged abuse of its operating system monopoly to dominate the web browser market (see also: Browser wars). At one point he addressed the entire room: "How many of you use Intel-based PCs in this audience, not Macintoshes?" Most people in the room raised their hands. "Of that group who use PCs, how many of you use a PC without Microsoft's operating system?" All of the hands went down. He said to the Senate panel, "Gentlemen, that is a monopoly." [http://www.cnn.com/TECH/computing/9803/03/gates.full/]

Before Netscape, Barksdale had worked as CEO of McCaw Cellular/AT&T Wireless, and before that as Vice President and COO of FedEx. After departing Netscape, he founded The Barksdale Group, an investment and advisory group created for the purpose of helping Internet service companies. He also sits on the Board of Directors of several companies including Time Warner, FedEx, and Sun Microsystems. President George W. Bush appointed him to the President's Foreign Intelligence Advisory Board.

Barksdale served on the board of myCFO.

Personal life and philanthropy

He and his late wife, Sally, gave a $5.4 million endowment to the University of Mississippi to help form the McDonnell-Barksdale Honors College. [http://www.umf.olemiss.edu/newsletter2/barksdale.html] In January 2000, they gave $100 million to the State of Mississippi to create The [http://www.msreads.org Barksdale Reading Institute] , a joint venture with the Mississippi Department of Education and the state's public universities.

His wife, Sally Barksdale, died of cancer in 2003. He has three children and five grandchildren [http://www.clarionledger.com/news/0312/09/ma04.html] To honor his deceased wife, Barksdale asked that the Honors College be renamed the Sally McDonnell Barksdale Honors College.

In 2005, he married Donna Kennedy Sones of Jackson, Mississippi. Together they have six children and five grandchildren. Barksdale's latest gift, given in conjunction with his wife Donna, created the Mississippi Principal Corps at the University of Mississippi that will change the way the state's school principals are trained.

ee also

* Rhesa Hawkins Barksdale (born 1944), his brother, is a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit

External links and references

* [http://newsroom.cisco.com/dlls/2005/eKits/bio_james_barksdale.pdf Biography at cisco.com]
* [http://www.s9.com/Biography/Barksdale-James-Love Biographical Dictionary entry]
* [http://www.timewarner.com/corp/management/board_directors/bio/barksdale_james.html Biography at timewarner.com]
* [http://www.biography.com/search/article.do?id=9542211 Entry at Biography.com]

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