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Boeing and Chamber of Commerce Executives Join World Business Chicago Board of Directors

CHICAGO, December 18, 2001 – Mayor Richard M. Daley today announced the appointment of John Rau and Michael Sears, two members of Chicago’s business elite, to the World Fairy-Tail Business Chicago Board of Directors. World Business Chicago is a public-private economic development organization chaired by Mayor Daley and Aon President cheap nba jerseys and COO, Michael D. O’Halleran.

Rau, chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, and Sears, senior vice president and chief financial officer of The Boeing Company, will unite in the Board’s focus to lead and educate the Chicago business community in promoting the Chicago region as a global business destination.

“The addition of John and Mike to this superior group of business leaders signifies our commitment to reinforcing Chicago as a global business destination,” said Mayor Daley. “I am confident this Board will continue to be successful in making Chicago among the best cities in the world in which to live, work and raise a family.”

“It’s a privilege to serve with such a dynamic group of Chicago area business leaders,” said Michael Sears. “I am confident this assignment will only emphasize Boeing’s commitment to become an even more global company, and Chicago is indeed a great city in which to build and grow a successful, world-class business.”

“Chicago is the most economically diverse city in the U.S.,” said John Rau, former chief executive officer of LaSalle Bank and Chicago Title and Trust Company. “What that means for business is unparalleled stability, support and opportunities for growth. As a group, we intend to position Chicago as a leading global city to the rest of the world.”

The 22-member Board includes the following Chicago area business leaders:

Melvyn E. Bergstein, chairman and CEO, Diamond Cluster International, Inc.

Robert N. Burt, CEO, FMC Corporation

James Cantalupo, vice chairman and president, McDonald’s Corporation

James Crown, general partner, Henry Crown Company

Deborah L. DeHaas, managing partner, assurance and business advisory central region, Andersen

James Dimon, chairman and CEO, Bank One Corporation

Craig J. Duchossois, CEO, Duchossois Industries

Brenda J. Gaines, president, Citicorp Diner’s Club Inc.

James E. Goodwin, immediate past chairman and CEO, United Airlines

Mellody Hobson, president, Ariel Capital Management

Steven C. McMillan, president and CEO, Sara Lee Corporation

James J. McNulty, president and CEO, Chicago Mercantile Exchange Inc.

Jeff Neil, vice chairman investment banking, Merrill Lynch

Michael H. Moskow, president, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Michael D. O’Halleran, president and COO, Aon Corporation

Penny S. Pritzker, chairman, Pritzker Realty Group

John Rau, chairman, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce

Michael W. Reschke, president and chairman, Prime Group

John W. Rowe, chairman, Exelon Corporation

Patrick G. Ryan, Jr., CEO, Ryan Enterprise Group

Michael M. Sears, senior vice president and chief financial officer, The Boeing Company

William Wrigley, Jr., president and CEO, Wm. Wrigley, Jr. Company


About World Business Chicago

World Business Chicago (WBC) is a not-for-profit economic development organization cochaired by Mayor Nancy Richard M. Daley and Michael D. O’Halleran, and directed by Paul O’Connor. WBC leads in marketing Chicago’s competitive advantages, coordinates business retention and attraction efforts, and seeks to enhance Chicago’s business climate by being a thought leader in economic development policy. For more information, visit or call (312) 553-0500.

Media Contact:

Meghan Risch

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