CHICAGO, June 6, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- Scott C. Swanson, President, Charter One and RBS Citizens, Illinois, has been elected Chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. The appointment, made effective June 5 during the Chamber's 108th Annual Meeting of Membership, is for a two-year term. Swanson succeeds Deborah DeHaas, Chief Inclusion Officer, Vice Chairman and Central Region Managing Partner of Deloitte LLP, as Chairman.
"Scott is a proven leader in Chicago's business and civic communities and is passionate about the Chamber's efforts to strengthen our business climate," said Jerry Roper, President and CEO, Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. "We are thrilled to have someone with Scott's enthusiasm and business expertise as our new Chairman to inspire growth, encourage innovation and drive collaboration."
Swanson joined Charter One and RBS Citizens as Illinois President in 2007. Beginning in July, he will assume additional responsibility as President for Charter One and RBS Citizens in the state of Michigan while also maintaining his current role in Illinois. Swanson serves on RBS Citizens Financial Group's Executive Leadership Group, the company's senior leadership team.
"I am honored and proud to serve as the new Chairman of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce," Swanson said. "For more than a century, the Chamber has been a leading voice of business and has developed a legacy of success in promoting competitiveness and innovation throughout our region. I look forward to advancing the Chamber's mission and ensuring that the Chicagoland area continues its work toward becoming the most business-friendly region in the United States."
Prior to being elected Chairman, Swanson previously served the Chamber as a member of the executive committee, most recently as Vice Chairman.
Swanson is well-known for his involvement in the Chicago community. He serves on the executive committees of the Adler Planetarium and LISC Chicago, and on the boards of directors of After School Matters, the Big Shoulders Fund, the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, the Eleanor Foundation (immediate past chairman) and the Executives' Club of Chicago. Swanson is an active member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Commercial Club of Chicago and the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of Chicago. He is a trustee of Neighborhood Housing Services of Chicago.
Swanson earned a bachelor's degree in finance from the University of Illinois and an M.B.A. from the University of Chicago, where he graduated with honors.
He resides on Chicago's North Side with his wife Rhonda and their four children.
Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce Founded in 1904, we are a private, non-profit business assistance and economic development organization. With 2,600 members, representing over 1.3 million individual employees in the six-county Northeastern Illinois region (Cook, DuPage, Kane, Lake, McHenry & Will), we are the largest Chamber of Commerce in Illinois and one of the largest in the nation. Our mission is to make Chicagoland the most business-friendly region in America and to enhance our members' success through aggressive programs in advocacy, member benefits, services, and actionable information.
SOURCE Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce