Sept. 21, 2016


CHICAGO, IL – Jack Greenberg, Chairman of the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority (MPEA), has announced that he is stepping down as Chairman of the Board of Directors of MPEA.

“Working alongside Jack to bring McCormick Square developments to life has been a pleasure,” said Lori Healey, CEO of MPEA. “He has been nothing short of a trailblazer in terms of thinking bigger for McCormick Place and all the potential that exists for McCormick Square, which will bring the buildings and the destination all into one identity.”


Greenberg was appointed as Chairman in February, 2012. During his tenure MPEA has experienced dramatic growth in its convention business, led the revitalization of the McCormick Square area and achieved financial stability. The organization also has expanded the capacity of the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place, broken ground on the 10,000 seat Event Center and 1,200 room Marriott Marquis Hotel – both developments are slated to open in 2017.


“It has been an honor to serve as the Chair of MPEA and I thank Mayor Emanuel for the opportunity and for his extraordinary support and leadership in the transformation of MPEA and its current development projects,” said Greenberg. “I congratulate Lori Healey and her management team and the board of directors for their leadership in creating thousands of jobs and making MPEA a key economic driver for the City of Chicago and the State of Illinois.”


Greenberg served as the CEO of McDonald’s Corporation from 1998-2002 and has since become the Chairman of three other companies – Western Union Company, InnerWorkings Inc., and Quintiles Transnational Corporation. He also serves on the Board of Trustees for the Field Museum, the Institute of International Education, Cradles to Crayons, Choose Chicago, Navy Pier, Inc., and DePaul University where he previously served as Chairman.



About Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority and McCormick Square


The Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority owns McCormick Place, the largest convention center in North America with an award-winning sustainable food program including a 2.5 acre Rooftop Garden, the Hyatt Regency McCormick Place and soon to open Event Center and Marriott Marquis Chicago – McCormick Square is a global destination fit for tourists, convention goers and native Chicagoans alike.