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John Edwardson

John Edwardson

Retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer

CDW Corporation



John Edwardson is the retired Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of CDW, a leading provider of technology solutions to business, government, education and healthcare organizations.

Edwardson joined CDW in January 2001 as president and chief executive officer. He became chairman and chief executive officer in May 2001. He retired as chief executive officer on September 30, 2011 and as chairman of the board on December 31, 2012. During his tenure at CDW, the company's revenues grew from $3.8 billion to over $10 billion. Prior to joining CDW, Edwardson served as chairman and chief executive of Burns International Services Corporation, then the USA's largest physical security firm, from March 1999 through the sale of the company in October 2000. He also served as president of UAL Corporation and United Airlines from 1994 to 1998 and as president and chief operating officer from 1995 to 1998.

Edwardson is a 1971 graduate of Purdue University, where he earned a B. S. in Industrial Engineering and a 1972 graduate of the University of Chicago Booth School of Business where he earned an M.B.A. He currently serves on the board of directors of FedEx Corporation, Rockwell Collins, Inc., Chubb Insurance, and he is Chairman of Advance Illinois. Edwardson is also a Trustee of the University of Chicago, where he is a member of their Executive Committee, and he is on the Advisory Council for the University’s Booth School of Business. He is also a Life Trustee of both the Ravinia Festival and the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.

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