Chicago United Announces New Board Leadership
McDonald’s senior executive is new board chairman
March 25, 2010 03:43 PM Eastern Daylight Time
CHICAGO--(EON: Enhanced Online News)--Chicago United, an advocacy organization made up of racially
diverse CEOs and executive level management who promote multiracial leadership development in corporate
governance, the leadership pipeline and business partnerships, today announced new officers and members of its
board of directors.
Chicago United members elected Doug Goare, senior vice president, Worldwide Supply Chain for McDonald’s
Corporation as the new board chairman. Gordon Werkema, first vice president and COO of the Federal Reserve
Bank of Chicago, Kip Kelley, resident managing director of Aon Risk Services, Inc. of Illinois and Olga Carmargo,
senior vice president of Mesirow Financial, are also new board members.
The new board will set the direction for Chicago United as it helps the business community expand opportunities for
minority-owned businesses and recommends strategies and tactics to increase competitiveness through improved
diversity and inclusion. The new board leadership takes the helm at a time when regional job growth is a high priority
for chief executive officers, elected officials and other leaders throughout the Chicago area.
“Chicago United’s efforts to assist the business community and the entire city are as vital today as they were 40
years ago,” said Goare. “I’m committed to Chicago United’s continued advocacy efforts because the future needs of
the marketplace and workplace dictate that businesses fully leverage diversity and inclusion initiatives.”
This year, Chicago United will present its latest Corporate Diversity Profile, which measures the progress of
diversity and inclusion in the ranks of Chicago’s senior corporate leadership. It will also expand its Five Forward
plan, a blueprint for regional economic growth that calls for creation of minority-owned businesses of scale.
“With the continued need for jo