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Biography PhotoJames A. Star
Director

James A. Star has served as a Director of Allison Transmission Holdings Inc. since May 2016.

Mr. Star, age 56, has served, since 2003, as President and Chief Executive Officer of Longview Asset Management LLC, or Longview, a multi-strategy investment firm for which he has been a portfolio manager since 1998. He has also served since 1994 as a Vice President of Henry Crown and Company, a private family investment firm affiliated with Longview. From 1998 to 2002, Mr. Star was President and Chief Investment Officer of Star Partners, Inc., a private securities partnership focused on common equities. Mr. Star began his investment career in 1991 as a securities analyst at Harris Associates, a Chicago investment firm. Prior thereto, he practiced corporate and securities law in Illinois, where he was a member of the bar from 1987 to 2011. Mr. Star sits on the board of directors of Equity CommonWealth REIT, a publicly traded real estate trust, where he serves on the Nominating & Governance Committee. He is a director of the holding companies of Teaching Strategies, a software company focused on the education market, Petsmart, Inc., a leading provider of merchandise and services to pet owners, and Radial (f/k/a) eBay Enterprises, an ecommerce logistics company. Mr. Star has been a member of the investment committees for the retirement plans of Henry Crown and Company since 1995, Great Dane Limited Partnership since 1997 and, since 2014, Gillig LLC, Provisur Technologies, Inc. and Trail King Industries, Inc. He has also served as a manager of Longview Trust Company since 2006. Mr. Star has also been a member of limited partner advisory boards for the Kabouter Funds since 2004 and Valor Equity Partners II since 2007. In prior years, Mr. Star has served on the board of trustees of Columbia Acorn Trust and Wanger Advisor Trust, which are registered mutual funds, and a number of private company boards. He is a member of the Global Advisory Board of the Kellogg Graduate School of Business at Northwestern University and the Chicago chapter of World Presidents Organization. He founded and serves as President of the Star Family Foundation. Mr. Star received a Bachelor of Arts degree from Harvard University and holds a Juris Doctor degree from Yale Law School and a Masters of Management from Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University.