WHY CEOs CHOOSE CHICAGO
Three companies deepen roots to the city
Paris-Based Tech Company CapGemini Expands with 400+ Jobs
This month, Mayor Rahm Emanuel joined Capgemini to unveil the company’s new advanced technology and development center. The new tech center and expanded office space brings 500 jobs to Chicago and further strengthens Chicago’s presence as a technology and innovation hub.
“Capgemini’s commitment to expanding in Chicago demonstrates the City’s growing strength as a tech and innovation hub,” Mayor Emanuel said. “Companies are drawn to Chicago because we have one of the largest tech talent pools in the country, and I look forward to working with Capgemini to continue building the workforce of the future.”
“Chicago is home to great tech talent and it’s critical that we continue to attract skilled employees who are essential in helping our clients transform their businesses in an increasingly fast-paced, digitally driven market,” said John Mullen, member of the Group Executive Committee and President of the North America Business Unit at Capgemini. “Our new office is a place where employees and clients can push the limits on how technology can help their businesses grow, leveraging industry-leading partnerships and end-to-end capabilities in digital, cloud, innovation, business and IT transformation services.”
“Chicago is home to great tech talent and it’s critical that we continue to attract skilled employees who are essential in helping our clients transform their businesses in an increasingly fast-paced, digitally driven market.”
John Mullen, member of the Group Executive Committee and President of the North America Business Unit at Capgemini
The new center at 333 W. Wacker Drive is the first in the Midwest and represents part of Capgemini’s worldwide, connected network of innovation centers, designed to serve clients across all major industries. Capgemini’s innovation centers allow diverse teams of experts to develop new technology and digital experiences, while shaping the next wave of world-class talent in fast-growing areas such as digital, cloud, artificial intelligence, customer experience innovation, and emerging technology.
Logistics Titan C.H. Robinson Expands Office in Chicago
On October 3, Mayor Rahm Emanuel and Andre Zopp, president and CEO of World Business Chicago Chicago, joined C.H. Robinson’s CEO John Wiehoff to celebrate the opening of their Chicago flagship operation at the Lincoln Yards development in Chicago’s Lincoln Park neighborhood. The 207,000-square-foot building currently houses 1,100 employees, with the expectation to add more employees over the next several years.
“Chicago is one of the largest transportation hubs in North America, and C.H. Robinson’s incredible growth shows what happens when you combine an innovative company with the City’s unparalleled workforce and infrastructure,” Mayor Emanuel said. “I look forward to watching this company’s continued growth and the possibilities they will create for our residents.”
Chicago is a critical logistics hub for C.H. Robinson, whose customer base in Chicago has increased by 25 percent in the last five years. The Chicago office serves over 28,000 customers and manages over 1.6 million shipments annually through the world’s most powerful supply chain platform.
“Chicago has always been a transportation hub for moving goods in the U.S., which is why C.H. Robinson has had continuous operations here for over 100 years.”
John Wiehoff, CEO of C.H. Robinson
“We are the largest logistics employer in Chicago and we built this office with future growth in mind as we look forward to many more years in this great city,” John Wiehoff, CEO of C.H. Robinson, said. “Chicago has always been a transportation hub for moving goods in the U.S., which is why C.H. Robinson has had continuous operations here for over 100 years.”
First Midwest Bank Plants Roots in Chicago
First Midwest Bank, one of the largest independent banks throughout Chicago and in Illinois, this month celebrated the company’s new headquarters in Chicago. The relocation from Itasca to the city comes as First Midwest is experiencing five years of continued growth.
The new four floor headquarters is located at 8750 W. Bryn Mawr Avenue and houses more than 300 local employees. First Midwest worked closely with Chicago-based, world-renowned architect Gensler to create an environment that promotes wellness and teamwork supported by lots of natural light, communal spaces, flexible work spaces, and advanced technology.
“Today marks an important day in the 35-year history of our company,” said Michael L. Scudder, chairman and chief executive officer of First Midwest. “First Midwest prides itself on being our clients’ most trusted financial partner. We have deep roots in Chicago and across the Midwest, so when we were looking to expand, relocating our headquarters to the city was a natural choice. Chicago’s diverse workforce and highly skilled talent pool will be critical as we execute on the next growth phase of our dynamic organization.”
“We have deep roots in Chicago and across the Midwest, so when we were looking to expand, relocating our headquarters to the city was a natural choice. Chicago’s diverse workforce and highly skilled talent pool will be critical as we execute on the next growth phase of our dynamic organization.”
-Michael L. Scudder, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of First Midwest
“First Midwest is making a strong investment in their success by bringing their headquarters to Chicago,” Andrea Zopp, president and CEO of World Business Chicago, said. “Chicago has led the U.S. in corporate relocations and expansions for the past five years because companies understand that when they locate in Chicago, they are ensuring their future growth.
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