Chicago United Announces New Board Leadership Health Care Service Corporation President and CEO Patricia Hemingway Hall is the new Board chairwoman

CHICAGO, March 21, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Chicago United, an advocacy organization made up of racially diverse CEOs and executive level management who promote diversity and inclusion in corporate governance, the leadership pipeline and business partnerships, today announced new officers and members of its Board of Directors.

Chicago United members elected Patricia Hemingway Hall, president and chief executive officer, Health Care Service Corporation as the new Board chairwoman. HCSC is the nation's fourth largest health insurer, operating Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Illinois and Blue Cross and Blue Shield Plans in New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Texas.

Outgoing Board Chairman Joseph Gregoire, regional president, Illinois banking for PNC Bank, becomes immediate past chairman. Also, Stan Deans, president, central region of UPS has joined as a new Board member.

"Chicago United provides a great service to the business community, and the entire region, by examining the impact of and potential of multiracial leadership," said Hemingway Hall. "I'm honored to be elected as the Board chairwoman at this time. I look forward to working with the rest of the Board and President Gloria Castillo to maintain our strong programs and create new elements."

In 2012, Chicago United is presenting national thought leaders in diversity and inclusion during special members' only sessions. It will also welcome new executives to its Corporate Governance Executive Development Program, which it offers in partnership with the University of Notre Dame's Mendoza College of Business Executive Education team, to prepare executives of color for corporate board directorships.

About Chicago United

Chicago United promotes multiracial leadership in business to advance parity in economic opportunity. Chicago United supports the business community's need to maximize the use of corporate and entrepreneurial talent and brings together diverse senior business leaders to break through barriers to realize the benefits of diversity and inclusion.

Chicago United is the premiere organization creating an environment where racially diverse CEOs and executive level management can share common experiences to promote multiracial leadership in governance, management, and business partnerships while delivering best practices for diversity practitioners and building relationships among leaders who share common values.

For more information please visit www.chicago-united.org.

SOURCE Chicago United



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