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Jim Davlin is an Executive Director at Torreya.
He joined Torreya in 2015 following a 30-year career in corporate finance during which he led critical capital-raising and de-risking transactions throughout the 2007 financial crisis and its aftermath.
Most recently, Jim led General Motors’ effort to shore up its balance sheet post-bankruptcy and return the company to investment grade status post-crisis, closing more than $60 billion in acquisition, divestiture and financing transactions during his tenure. As Vice President, Finance and Treasurer from 2011 to 2014, he was responsible for securing the largest non-investment grade credit facility ($11 billion with 30 banks) ever executed, and the exit via a $5.5 billion buyback of the US Treasury as GM’s largest shareholder. He also led the $28 billion de-risking of the pension (with Prudential), which remains the largest pension-de-risking transaction ever executed.
Jim joined GM from Deere & Company, where, as Vice President and Treasurer from 2007 to 2010, he helped secure more than $20 billion of financing through the course of the financial crisis. Prior to that, he worked at Eli Lilly and Company in finance and treasury roles, ultimately assuming leadership of Investor Relations. He began his career at Procter & Gamble in a variety of finance roles.
Jim has a B.A. in economics and philosophy from Wabash College, an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, and a J.D. from Duke Law School.
He serves as a Director of IU Health, a Trustee of Wabash College and Menlo Colleges, and is a member of the Advisory Board of the Duke Center for Finance. He has lectured at the Ross School of Business at the University of Michigan, and the Fuqua School of Business at Duke University.