Archives: Leaders

Pietro Satriano

Chairman & CEO / US Foods

Pietro Satriano is the Chairman and CEO of US Foods. He joined the Board of US Foods in July 2015 and was appointed Chairman of the Board in December 2017. He previously held the role of Chief Merchandising Officer where he led and developed business strategies to continuously improve the company’s expertise in procurement, category management and product innovation. 

Prior to joining US Foods in 2011, Pietro was President of LoyaltyOne Canada, the company behind AirMiles, Canada’s largest consumer loyalty reward program in which two thirds of households are active. He also served as Executive Vice President of Loblaw Brands at Loblaw Companies where he was responsible for its private No Name label and Executive Vice President, Food Segment, where he had national accountability for all aspects of merchandising for Loblaw’s food business. 

Pietro began his career in strategy consulting, first with what is now The Boston Consulting Group in Toronto and then with the Monitor Company in Milan, Italy. He earned a Master of Business Administration from Harvard University. Pietro is a native of Montreal and serves on the Board of Directors of CarMax, Inc. He previously served on the Board of Longos, a family-owned Canadian grocery store operator. 

Ryan Ruskin

President & CEO / The Ruskin Group

Ryan S. Ruskin is the President & CEO of The Ruskin Group, a fourth generation family packaging company founded in 1893. The Ruskin Group is recognized as a world leader in sustainability and e-commerce packaging.  In its plastics division, The Ruskin Group recently launched a suite of revolutionary products, including ECLIPSE which makes most plastic products truly biodegradable, leaving nothing behind just like paper. Previously, Mr. Ruskin was a management consultant with A.T. Kearney, where his practice focused on supply chain and manufacturing strategy with many Fortune 100 companies.  

At the beginning of 2015, Mr. Ruskin assumed the role of non-executive chairman of MyEco, a sustainability education business he helped found that uses technology and innovative products to help consumers break disposable habits through education, positive reinforcement, social engagement and financial incentives; and by creating a collaborative relationship between consumers, businesses and retailers to benefit the environment. In 2019, Crain’s Chicago Business named Mr. Ruskin to their annual list of “Notable LGBTQ Executives.” 

Mr. Ruskin currently serves on the boards of the Field Museum, Chicago Botanic Garden, Chicago Humanities Festival, Heartland Alliance, and Princeton Club of Chicago. He is an active member of the Young Presidents’ Organization, Chief Executives Organization, 2012 Emerging Leaders Program of Chicago Council on Global Affairs, and 2013 Class of Henry Crown Fellows at the Aspen Institute. In 2015, he was appointed and confirmed as a member of the Illinois Executive Ethics Commission.  

Mr. Ruskin earned a B.A. in History and American Studies from Princeton University, an M.B.A. from Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, and an M.E.M. from its McCormick School of Engineering.  

Michael Reinsdorf

President & COO / Chicago Bulls

Michael Reinsdorf was named President and Chief Operating Officer of the Chicago Bulls in September 2010. Michael has been involved in NBA league matters on behalf of the Bulls since 2001. He is an NBA Governor and serves on the NBA Media and the NBA Planning Committees. Michael is a member of the Young Presidents’ Organization Gold Chicago Chapter and the Commercial Club of Chicago and serves on the boards of the Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago Foundation, the Executives’ Club of Chicago, After-School All-Stars, After School Matters and World Business Chicago, The Economic Club of Chicago, Board of Trustees for Northwestern University and the Museum of Science and Industry. Michael is on the University of Chicago Crime Lab Investor’s Council which strives to reduce crime and violence in the City of Chicago.  Michael is the former Chairman of the Harrisburg Senators, a Double A affiliate of the Washington Nationals. He is a graduate of the University of Arizona. Michael, and his wife, Nancy, who serves as President of Chicago Bulls Charities, have three children and reside in Chicago. 

Mohan Rao, PhD

Chief Executive Officer / Expression Therapeutics Inc.

Dr. Mohan Rao is the Chief Executive Officer of Expression Therapeutics, Inc., a biotechnology company based in Atlanta and Cincinnati. He is also the Chairman of Epsilon Xi LLC, the parent company of Epsilon Economics LLC and Epsilon Life Sciences LLC, consulting firms based in Chicago that specialize in economic analysis, strategy, and analytics to life sciences and high technology companies.

Dr. Rao previously taught at Northwestern University and UCLA, and was a doctoral fellow at Harvard University. He was appointed as the first “Executive in Residence” — a recognized leader in the technology community — by the McCormick College of Engineering at Northwestern University. In 2018, Dr. Rao was recognized by the Intellectual Asset Magazine (IAM) as “among the foremost experts when it comes to pharmaceutical economics.”

Dr. Rao serves on the Board of Directors of Expression Therapeutics, Inc., Epsilon Xi LLC, the Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute, and the Economic Club of Chicago, on the Board of Trustees of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and is a member of The Chicago Club.

Bridget M. O’Keefe

Partner / Daspin & Aument LLP

Bridget M. O’Keefe is a partner with Daspin & Aument LLP whose clients have included real estate developers, national, regional and local corporations, preeminent cultural institutions, and major nonprofit organizations in cases involving zoning and land use, historic preservation and economic incentives.

Zoning & Economic Incentives: Ms. O’Keefe has significant experience obtaining a wide range of zoning approvals and economic incentives for mixed-use, commercial, industrial, office and institutional projects. Zoning approvals include planned development ordinances, rezonings, special use permits, variations and negotiation of development rights agreements. In addition, Ms. O’Keefe has facilitated public-private partnerships throughout the Chicagoland area by obtaining approval of economic incentives including tax increment financing, property tax adjustments, acquisition of government-owned properties and sales tax rebates. Representative clients have included:
• McDonald’s Corporation, a Fortune 500 Corporation
• Adecco North America, a Fortune 500 Corporation
• Ralphs Grocery Company, a division of the Kroger Corporation, a Fortune
500 Corporation

Historic Preservation: Ms. O’Keefe has extensive experience in the preservation of historic buildings that represent the best of Chicago’s past. Redevelopment of historic buildings preserves Chicago’s unique architectural heritage and allows enjoyment of these structures for generations to come. Ms. O’Keefe’s extensive experience includes working with local and state landmark officials to negotiate landmark designations, redevelopment plans and/or economic incentives to allow the renovation of some of Chicago’s most famous landmark buildings, which have included:
• The John G. Shedd Aquarium
• Unity Temple (875 Lake Street, Oak Park, IL)
• The One North State Building (1 North State Street)
• The Old Republic Building (307 North Michigan Avenue)

Mission-Driven Organizations: Ms. O’Keefe has helped many prominent nonprofit organizations promote their mission through the development of real estate. Ms. O’Keefe understands that nonprofits face different challenges than for-profit developers, and thus assists in maximizing development potential while respecting their mission and budget. Representative clients have included:
• Roosevelt University
• Ronald McDonald House Charities of Chicagoland & Northwest Indiana
• Meadville Lombard Theological Seminary
• Neumann Family Services

Ms. O’Keefe has been designated an Illinois Super Lawyer in the areas of Land Use/Zoning and Government Relations and has been named in The Best Lawyers in America. She has been awarded an AV rating, the highest rating given by Martindale Hubbell for professional excellence.

Michael O’Grady

Chairman & CEO / Northern Trust

Michael O’Grady is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Trust, a leading provider of wealth management, asset servicing, asset management and banking to corporations, institutions, families and individuals.  

Mike joined Northern Trust in 2011 from Bank of America Merrill Lynch, where he served as a managing director in the firm’s Investment Banking Group. Prior to Merrill Lynch, Mike worked for Price Waterhouse. 

Mike earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the Harvard Business School. 

He is a member of the boards of the Field Museum, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the University of Notre Dame, Northwestern Medical Group and Catholic Extension. He also serves on the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago, and the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club of Chicago.  

Eileen Mitchell

President / AT&T Illinois

Eileen Mitchell is president of AT&T Illinois with responsibility for the AT&T’s public policy, philanthropy and community relations initiatives throughout the state.
Mitchell first joined AT&T in 2003 and, as Vice President – External Affairs, successfully led initiatives to modernize telecommunications policy in Illinois and served as lead strategist for successful AT&T initiatives in other states.

In 2018, Mitchell led development of Believe Chicago®, the company’s employee-informed initiative designed to help residents and lift Chicago south and west side neighborhoods impacted by gun violence and high unemployment through AT&T hiring, mentoring, internships and philanthropy to more than 100 organizations helping residents. This work was a model for the corporation’s national community engagement initiative, AT&T BelievesSM.

Mitchell departed the company for public service to serve as chief of staff to the Mayor of Chicago (2015-2016). As a volunteer in 2017, Mitchell worked with the Archdiocese of Chicago helping the Cardinal develop the Office of Violence Prevention. She rejoined AT&T in May 2017.
Mitchell serves on the Board of Directors of the Economic Club of Chicago, United Way of Metropolitan Chicago, Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce, Chicago Urban League, Skills for Chicagoland’s Future and Loyola University. She is a trustee of the Civic Federation, a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club and serves on the advisory board for Misericordia.

Born and raised in the Rogers Park neighborhood of Chicago, she is a graduate of Loyola University. Mitchell and her husband, Jim, are the proud parents of three children and reside in Chicago.

Charles R. Matthews

President & CEO / Peoples Gas

Charles Matthews was named president and chief executive officer — Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas in June 2015.

In this role, Matthews oversees the daily operations, strategy, growth and administrative activities of WEC Energy Group’s two Illinois utilities that collectively provide natural gas service to nearly 1 million customers in the city of Chicago and 54 communities within the northern suburbs.

Matthews possesses more than 30 years of energy industry experience in operations, finance, marketing, risk management, and mergers and acquisitions. Before taking the helm at Peoples Gas and North Shore Gas, Matthews spent nine years in executive and leadership positions at We Energies and served as senior vice president — wholesale energy and fuels and customer solutions.

While at We Energies, Matthews was responsible for the procurement of natural gas, coal and other commodities used in electric generation, long-term wholesale marketing activities, and the management of the relationships with the company’s largest commercial and industrial customers.

Before joining We Energies, Matthews served as president and chief executive officer — Jamaica Public Service Co. Limited, a subsidiary of Mirant Corp. He helped structure and then led the company’s transition from government-owned to private ownership.

Matthews earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in economics from Talladega College and a master’s degree in finance from Clark Atlanta University School of Business. He also completed the University of Pennsylvania Wharton Business School’s executive program in utility finance.

Matthews is a member of the boards of directors of the American Gas Association, BMO Financial Corp., BMO Harris Bank N.A., Chicago Urban League, Economic Club of Chicago, Illinois Utility Business Diversity Council, Navy Pier, Rush University Medical Center, Start Early, Talladega College, United Way of Metro Chicago (for which he served as 2020 campaign cabinet chair) and World Business Chicago. He also is active with several organizations and nonprofits in Chicago, including Chicago United, Commercial Club of Chicago and its Civic Committee.

Patrick M. Magoon

Former President & CEO / Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago

Patrick M. Magoon devoted his entire professional career to Lurie Children’s (formerly Children’s Memorial Hospital), where he started as an intern in 1977. He served in several operational and leadership roles before being named CEO in 1997. He led the hospital turnaround from an annual operating loss to consistently strong financial performance. Under Magoon’s leadership, the hospital was relocated in 2012 to a new state-of-the-art facility on the downtown campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and has increased the number of beds from 288 to 364 by this fall. In 2019, in addition to growing capacity at the hospital, Magoon led the way for the Stanley Manne Children’s Research Institute to move to a new state-ofthe-art home at the Simpson Querrey Biomedical Research Center.  

Mr. Magoon has been an advocate in all matters of children’s health. He has taken a major role in both federal and State arenas on issues such as Medicaid reform for medically complex children, graduate medical education, pediatric research and child safety. He is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the National Association of Children’s Hospitals and Related Institutions/National Association of Children’s Hospitals (now called Children’s Hospital Association) and has provided high level of expertise through service on numerous committees. He also is past Chairman of the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Hospital Association and served on the IHA Medicaid Reform Task Force and Safety Net Hospital Forum.  

Mr. Magoon retired after 42 years of service and 22 years in the top leadership role. He serves as an advisor to his successor, Dr. Thomas Shanley, and is co-chair with Dr. Shanley of the Lurie Children’s COVID-19 Relief Steering Committee. 

Christine A. Leahy

President & CEO / CDW

Christine A. Leahy is president & chief executive officer of CDW. Leahy is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company as well as leading the senior management team.

Leahy has held numerous roles at CDW, most recently serving as chief revenue officer, where she was responsible for all customer-facing units of the company including its corporate, public, small business, international and integrated technology solutions organizations. Prior to that role, Leahy was senior vice president, international, where she led the development of the company’s international strategy, including the acquisition of Kelway, now CDW UK, and was responsible for the performance of its international business. Leahy also acted as chief legal officer. Prior to joining CDW in 2002 as the company’s first general counsel, Leahy was a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin, an international business law firm.

Leahy earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a J.D. from Boston College Law School. She completed the CEO Perspectives Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, as well as the Women’s Director Development Program at Kellogg. She currently serves on the board of directors for Target Corporation, Northwestern Memorial Hospital and Junior Achievement of Chicago. She is also a director of the Economic Club of Chicago and a member of both The Chicago Network and The Business Council. Leahy is a past chair of the board of trustees of Children’s Home and Aid. In addition, Leahy is a founder and a sponsor of CDW’s Women’s Opportunity Network, a business resource group that actively and strategically supports women’s advancement at CDW.


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