John A. Challenger

Chief Executive Officer / Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.

John A. Challenger is President and CEO of global outplacement and business and executive coaching firm Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc. The firm provides high-end outplacement support to executives who depart from their companies and to the individuals at all levels, exempt and non-exempt, who lose their jobs in downsizings, layoffs, and business restructurings. The company also provides executive coaching for senior leadership, middle-management, and high-potential leaders. 

A recognized thought leader on workplace, labor, and economic issues, his insight is often sought out by major foreign and domestic broadcast and print media. 

Challenger is active in professional, industry and civic organizations.  He currently serves on the board the Economic Club of Chicago, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future, and is a Senior Director at the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago. He is a member of YPO Gold, Chief Executives Organization (CEO), and the Commercial Club of Chicago.  He was on the host committee of Chicago 2016, which sought to bring the Olympic Games to Chicago.  For the past fourteen years (2007 to 2020), Challenger has been listed among the Who’s Who in Chicago Business, published annually by Crain’s Chicago Business.

A graduate of Harvard University, Challenger is a member of the Harvard Alumni Association and served as Chair of the HAA Nominating Committee for the Board of Overseers in 2012, and he was President of the Harvard Club of Chicago. 


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