J. L. (Jack) Davies was founder and President of AOL International, where he led the global expansion of AOL, the world's leader in interactive services, and Compuserve into key markets in Europe, Asia-Pacific, Latin America and Canada. Under Jack’s leadership, AOL International grew to over 4 million members and over $1 billion in revenues within 4 years of the launch of the first international service in late 1995. Jack joined AOL as Senior Vice President of AOL Services in July 1993 and was responsible for all content and marketing activities. During his tenure, AOL tripled its subscriber base to more than one million members. Jack retired from AOL in 2000.
Before joining AOL, Jack was Managing Director of Citicorp's London-based consumer mortgage business where he managed assets of more than $3.5 billion and a 1,000-member staff. Previously, he was Vice President, Europe, for RCA Records, where he helped form a joint venture company between RCA and Bertelsmann to create Europe's second largest record company. Earlier, Jack spent 10 years at General Electric in marketing management positions for consumer electronics products.
Jack earned an MBA (with Honors) in Marketing (1973) and a BA (with High Distinction) in Political Science (1972) from the University of Rochester. He is a member of the Board of Directors of Scholastic, the global children's publishing and media company, and serves as a Special Advisor to General Atlantic Partners, a leading global private equity investment firm.
Since leaving AOL, Jack has been very active in philanthropy. Currently he is a Founding Investor and a member of the Board and the Executive Committee of Venture Philanthropy Partners, which helps build high performing non-profits serving low-income youth in the National Capital Region. In addition, Jack is Chair of the Development Committee and has been involved in raising over $70 million for the first two funds, including more than $42 million in commitments for the second fund. He serves on the Board of the See Forever Foundation (one of VPP's earliest investments) which operates the Maya Angelou public charter school and serves some of DC’s most at-risk teenagers.
Jack serves on the Advisory Board of CharityWorks which annually raises over a million dollars to fund organizations serving children and families in the region. At CharityWorks, Jack created the 100 Point Vintage Wine Tasting which has raised over $3.7 million since its inception 7 years ago. Recently Jack joined the Board of Teach for America for the DC Region. Previously, Jack has served on the boards of the Washington Scholarship Fund, Maret School, Horizons@Maret, HeadsUp, and the Community Foundation of the National Capital Region. He is a Minority Partner in Monumental Sports and Entertainment, which owns the Washington Capitals, Washington Mystics, Washington Wizards, and Verizon Center. He has one child and resides in Washington, DC.