Products & Services



James A. Attwood

Executive Chairman

James A. Attwood, Jr. serves as Executive Chairman of Syniverse. He is a Managing Director at The Carlyle Group, a global investment firm, whose Carlyle Partners V L.P. fund acquired a controlling stake in Syniverse in 2011. Since joining Carlyle in November 2000, Attwood has played a key role in leading the firm’s investment activity in the global telecommunications, media and technology (TMT) industries. Since 2001, Carlyle has committed more than $20 billion of equity to TMT investments globally. In addition to Syniverse, Attwood serves as a member of the boards of Nielsen and CoreSite Realty. Prior to joining Carlyle, Attwood served as Executive Vice President for Strategy, Development and Planning at Verizon Communications, Inc. At Verizon (and GTE prior to that), he was responsible for the oversight of all strategic planning, alliances, ventures, corporate strategy, development and M&A activities. Prior to his four years at Verizon and GTE, Attwood served as an investment banker at Goldman, Sachs & Co. for 11 years, working in both the New York and Tokyo offices. Attwood graduated summa cum laude from Yale University with a BA in applied mathematics and an MA in statistics. He received JD and MBA degrees from Harvard University.