CHICAGO, Oct. 15 /PRNewswire/ -- The Executives' Club of Chicago announced today that President and Chief Executive Officer Kaarina Koskenalusta will step down effective today. The Board of Directors has appointed Mary MacLaren to serve as Executive Director and Acting President and Chief Executive Officer while the Board works with executive search firm Russell Reynolds Associates to conduct a worldwide search for a new President and Chief Executive Officer.
"We wish Kaarina well in her future endeavors and welcome Mary back to the Executives' Club of Chicago as we embark upon our Centennial - celebrating 100 years of leadership in Chicago's business and civic community," said Craig Donohue, Chairman of the Board of the Executives' Club of Chicago. "The Executives' Club of Chicago is the premier business executive's organization in the world and enjoys the tremendous support of more than 200 major Chicago area companies and more than 2,000 C-level and professional members. We look forward to working with Mary and our other talented employees to continue our success in the next 100 years and to assist us in securing a new world class President and Chief Executive Officer for the Executives' Club of Chicago."
"It has been my honor and pleasure to lead the Executives' Club of Chicago for the past 25 years, and I am so proud of what the Executives' Club and the greater Chicago business community has achieved during this time," said Koskenalusta. "I want to thank the many business leaders who have helped us to build the Executives' Club into the leading organization it has become, and I look forward to continuing to work as an ardent supporter of the development of Chicago as a global business center." Ms. Koskenalusta will join the Dilenschneider Group as Principal working from Chicago and New York, where she will be in charge of global client relationships.
MacLaren previously served as Chief of Staff of the Executives' Club from May 2009 to July 2010, where she was responsible for managing the Club's employees and planning and executing more than 60 annual programs. In this role, she became deeply familiar with all aspects of the organization's operations. Prior to joining the Executives' Club, MacLaren served as Vice President, Direct Marketing Services and Vice President, Product Operations for Standard Rate and Data Services (SRDS), a global provider of media information for the advertising and marketing industry. She also worked as First Vice President, Customer Service, Agency Service, Conservation and Training for Mutual of Omaha. MacLaren's career also includes more than 20 years of service with the United States Air Force, rising to the rank of Colonel. She holds a bachelor's degree in journalism from Penn State University and a master's degree in public administration from Auburn University. She is a Trustee of Saint Xavier University.
About the Executives' Club of Chicago
The Executives' Club of Chicago (EC) is a business forum for thought leadership, education and best business practices. Founded in 1911, the ECC is one of the oldest and most prestigious business organizations in the Midwest. The Club serves the community by providing information and resources needed to establish effective global partnerships, enhance intellectual exchange, develop future diverse business leaders and promote Chicago as a world class business center.
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