CEO and Executive Committee
Julia James, L.L.B.
Julia James, L.L.B., serves as executive vice president and general counsel for PPD. In this position, she leads the company’s global corporate and contracts legal functions, as well as PPD’s global data privacy team.
James joined PPD in 2005 in corporate finance. The following year, she moved to the corporate legal team and took on increasing responsibility and leadership, initially in the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) and Asia-Pacific regions, followed by more expanded global leadership roles. In 2017, she assumed global responsibility for all legal matters. Prior to PPD, she served for eight years as a corporate attorney with Clifford Chance, a leading global law firm, based in London and Dubai.
At PPD, James also co-chairs the company’s talent and inclusion committee and is the global sponsor of its women’s leadership network.
James earned a Bachelor of Laws from the University of Nottingham and a postgraduate diploma in legal practice from the Nottingham School of Law, and she is licensed to practice law in England and Wales.