Amb. James Jones
Ambassador Jones currently serves as the Chairman and CEO of Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP, where his practice focuses on investments and commerce, international trade, and government-business affairs.
Prior to joining Manatt, he served as U.S. Ambassador to Mexico (1993-1997), where he was successful in his leadership during the Mexican peso crisis, the passage and implementation of NAFTA and in developing new, cooperative efforts to combat drug trafficking. He also assisted U.S. businesses with commercial ventures in Mexico. Mr. Jones’ previous experience also includes the position of President at Warnaco International, as well as Chairman and CEO of the American Stock Exchange in New York (1989-1993).
Mr. Jones also served on the board of directors for Anheuser-Busch. As a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Oklahoma (1973-1987), he was Chairman of the House Budget Committee and a ranking Member of the House Ways and Means Committee, where he was active in tax, international trade, Social Security and health care policy.
Jones was only 28 when President Lyndon Johnson selected him as Appointments Secretary, the position presently entitled Chief of Staff. He was the youngest person in history to hold this position.