CEO Perspectives
Fellows and Sponsor Companies
Since its inaugural class in 2015, 301 executives have become Fellows, and 70 companies have sent senior executives to the program.


Participants in the CEO Perspectives program, known as "Fellows," are C-Suite level executives reporting directly to the CEO of Fortune 500 and select-growth companies. Each class also includes two CEOs of non-profit organizations, who provide important civic perspectives. These senior executives are among the top business leaders in the nation -- many go on to achieve even greater professional success following participation in the program. Over 30 Fellows have become CEO of a company since entering CEO Perspectives, and half have been promoted and/or given more responsibility within their organizations. Additionally, over 60 Fellows currently serve as independent directors on public company boards, further utilizing their leadership abilities and business acumen.

The breadth of companies the program attracts has grown well beyond the Midwest roots of the program, and the diversity of participants continues to expand each year. CEO Perspectives is proud to have graduated 301 Fellows from the program, since the inaugural class in 2005, all of whom represent the highest caliber of business leaders.


Sponsors by Industry (click here)

Academic Institutions

  • Northwestern University
  • The University of Chicago

Consumer Goods

  • 7-Eleven
  • Best Buy
  • Kohler Company
  • Kraft Heinz (Formerly Kraft Foods prior to July 2015)
  • McDonald's
  • Mondelez International (Formerly part of Kraft Foods prior to October 2012)
  • Supervalu
  • Ulta Beauty
  • Whirlpool


  • Direct Energy
  • Exelon Corporation
  • Magellan Midstream Partners
  • Southern Company (Formerly AGL Resources prior to July 2016)

Financial Services

  • Allstate
  • AON
  • BNY Mellon
  • Discover Financial Services
  • HSBC
  • Kemper Corporation
  • KeyCorp
  • Morningstar
  • Northern Trust
  • State Farm
  • Western Union


  • Boise Cascade
  • Caterpillar
  • Columbus McKinnon
  • Deere & Company
  • Dover Corporation
  • Essendant (Formerly United Stationers, Inc., prior to June 2015)
  • Federal Signal
  • General Dynamics
  • HNI Corporation
  • Hyster-Yale
  • Ingredion
  • ITW
  • Nashua
  • Snap-on
  • TransUnion
  • USG
  • W.W. Grainger

Life Sciences/Health Care

  • Abbott
  • AbbVie
  • Allscripts
  • Eli Lilly
  • Health Care Service Corporation
  • UnitedHealth Group
  • Walgreens Boots Alliance

Professional Services

  • BCG
  • Deloitte
  • EY
  • Grant Thornton
  • KPMG
  • PwC

Real Estate

  • JLL

Telecom/High Tech

  • CDW
  • Motorola Solutions


  • AAR
  • British Columbia Rapid Transit Company
  • CarMax
  • CVG



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