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Last Updated: 12/18/14

News Release: 2015 Chicago Board of Directors

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Announces One New Director, Re-election of a Director, Re-appointment of a Director, Board Chair and Deputy Chair and Federal Advisory Council Appointment

CHICAGO- (December 18, 2014) –- The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago today announced one new member of its board of directors, the re-election of a current director, the re-appointment of a current director, the appointment of its board chair and deputy chair, and the appointment of its Federal Advisory Council representative. All are effective January 1, 2015.

New Board Member

David W. Nelms, Chairman and CEO, Discover Financial Services, Riverwoods, Illinois, was elected as a Class A (banker) director to serve a three-year term. He was elected by Group 1 banks, which have a capital and surplus level of more than $250 million.

Re-elected Board Member

Nelda Connors, Chairwoman and Chief Executive Officer of the Pine Grove Holdings, LLC, Chicago, Illinois, was re-elected as a Class B (non-banker) director to serve a second three-year term. She was elected by Group 3 banks, which have a capital and surplus level of less than $10 million.

Re-appointed Board Member

Jeffrey A. Joerres, Executive Chairman of ManpowerGroup, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, was re-appointed by the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System to serve one additional year as a Class C director to complete his six years of service.

Board Chair and Deputy Chair

Greg Brown, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Motorola Solutions Inc., Schaumburg, Illinois, was designated Chair of the Board of Directors for 2015.

Anne R. Pramaggiore, President and Chief Executive Officer, Commonwealth Edison Company, Chicago, Illinois, was designated Deputy Chair of the Board of Directors for 2015.

Appointed Federal Advisory Council Representative

Frederick H. Waddell, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Northern Trust Corporation and The Northern Trust Company, Chicago, Illinois, was appointed by the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago to serve a one-year term as the Federal Advisory Council (FAC) representative for the Seventh Federal Reserve District.

The FAC meets quarterly to discuss business and financial conditions with the Federal Reserve Board of Governors in Washington, D.C. It is composed of one banker from each of the 12 Federal Reserve Districts.

Background about the Board of Directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago

Directors are selected to represent a cross-section of the Seventh District economy, including consumers, industry, agriculture, the service sector, labor and commercial banks of various sizes. The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Board has nine members. Seventh District banks that are members of the Fed System elect three bankers and three non-bankers. The Federal Reserve Board of Governors appoints three additional non-bankers and designates the board's chair and deputy chair from among its three appointees.

Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago Background

The Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago is one of 12 regional Reserve Banks that, along with the Board of Governors in Washington, D.C., make up the nation’s central bank. The Chicago Reserve Bank serves the Seventh Federal Reserve District, which encompasses the northern portions of Illinois and Indiana, southern Wisconsin, the Lower Peninsula of Michigan, and the state of Iowa. In addition to participation in the formulation of monetary policy, each Reserve Bank supervises member banks and bank holding companies, provides financial services to depository institutions and the U.S. government, and monitors economic conditions in its District. 

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