Some of the greatest business leaders of our time can be found right in the windy city, Chicago. Many business leaders have received an award from the Magnificent Mile Association. Including Carrie Lannon, a mastermind behind Public Relations and a valuable team player. Her specialty is in fashion, luxury, and retail. She is the founder of Lannon Communications which has been running for nearly two decades. She was also the National Director of Public Relations at ULTA Beauty. She has increased their media impressions by 900% since 2010. She’s landed the brand on many notable tv shows like NBC’s Shark Tank.
Next on the list of Chicago’s business trailblazers is Peter Simoncelli. He received his Bachelor’s in Business at Illinois College and currently, he is the General Manager at Starwood Hotel and Resorts. With over 25 years of experience his expertise is in hospitality. Previous to Starwood Hotel and Resorts he was the hotel manager and food and beverage director at the Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts. He knows how to enhance his product, he excels in operational productivity and he has become a huge asset to the industry.
Patricia Woertz is the curent president and CEO of Archer Daniels Midland. She has been ranked number 3 in Forbes’ list of most powerful women. She has also made onto the list of Fortune 500’s list of top CEOs ranking at number 93. Before this presidency at Archer Daniels Midland she was the vice president at the Chevron Corporation. After some time there she pursued CEO opportunities and that is how she ended up at Archer Daniels Midland. Since she has been CEO and president ADM has seen the largest growth in it’s existence.
The president of Ariel Investments is Mellody Hobson. She joined their company after graduating from Princeton and applying for their internship. She worked her way up the ladder and is now in charge of the company. She is also the Chairman on the Board of Directors for Dreamworks Animation. She is also the Chairman on the Board of Trustees at Ariel Investments. She is on the board of many other companies as well. Such as Chicago Public Education Fund and the Sundance Institute.
Last on our list is Majeed Ekbal. He has a degree in International Business and Marketing from American College located in Washington. He got his start when he created a personal specialty grocery shopping service called Expresso. It would find hard to locate grocery items and have them delivered to the buyers at their home. He is the current client relations and brand manager at Razorfish. He works with various teams to create social media campaigns for their clients. Some of these clients are healthcare groups. His current hope is to help companies in the Middle East with their companies branding.