Christine A. Leahy is chief executive officer of CDW. As CEO, Leahy is responsible for the strategic direction and performance of the company, leading the senior management team and ensuring that CDW’s go-to-market models remain highly relevant to its customers today and well into the future.
Leahy has held numerous roles at CDW, most recently serving as chief revenue officer, where she was responsible for all customer-facing units of the company including its corporate, public, small business, international and integrated technology solutions organizations. Prior to that role, Leahy was senior vice president, international, where she led the development of the company’s international strategy, including the acquisition of Kelway, now CDW UK, and was responsible for the performance of its international business. Leahy also acted as chief legal officer. Prior to joining CDW in 2002 as the company’s first general counsel, Leahy was a corporate partner in the Chicago office of Sidley Austin, an international business law firm.
Leahy earned a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and a doctorate of law from Boston College Law School. She completed the CEO Perspectives Program at Kellogg School of Management, Northwestern University, as well as the Women’s Director Development Program at Kellogg. Leahy is past chair of the board of trustees of Children’s Home and Aid. She is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago and The Chicago Network. In addition, Leahy is a founder and a sponsor of CDW’s Women’s Opportunity Network, a business resource group that actively and strategically supports women’s advancement at CDW.
Virginia Addicott currently serves as a member of our Board of Directors and as a manager of CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary. Addicott is President and Chief Executive Officer of FedEx Custom Critical, a leading North American expedited freight carrier, a position she has held since June 2007.
Addicott joined FedEx Custom Critical in 1999 as Division Managing Director, Service and Safety, and in 2001 became Division Vice President, Operations and Customer Service. Prior to joining FedEx Custom Critical, Addicott spent thirteen years at Roberts Express, Inc. (acquired by FedEx Custom Critical in 1999) in various operations roles.
Addicott is a member of the Board of Trustees of Kent State University. Additionally, she serves on the Board of Directors of Akron Children’s Hospital and the Akron Community Foundation. She is past chair of both The Boys and Girls Club of the Western Reserve and the Greater Akron Chamber of Commerce. Addicott is a graduate of Kent State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree and an Executive Master of Business Administration.
Steven Alesio currently serves as a member of our Board of Directors and as a manager of CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary. Alesio is currently a Fellow at Harvard’s Advanced Leadership Initiative, a multi-disciplinary educational program to prepare experienced leaders to take on new challenges in the social sector, a position he commenced in January 2018.
From 2010 to 2017, Alesio served as an Operating Partner at Providence Equity Partners L.L.C., a global asset management firm. Prior to joining Providence Equity, Alesio served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Dun & Bradstreet Corporation, a provider of credit information on businesses and corporations. After joining Dun & Bradstreet in 2001 as Senior Vice President, Alesio served in various senior leadership positions. In 2002, Alesio was named President and Chief Operating Officer, and was elected to the board of directors. In January 2005, Alesio was chosen to be the Chief Executive Officer, and in May of that year, he became Chairman of the Board, a position he held until his departure in 2010. Alesio also spent 19 years with the American Express Company, where he served in marketing and general management roles.
Alesio serves on the board of directors of Alfresco Software and Vector Learning. During the past five years, Alesio also served on the boards of directors of Altegrity, Inc., Ascend Learning, Blackboard Inc., Genworth Financial, Inc., Study Group and TwentyEighty. Alesio is the founding sponsor for the non-profit All Stars Project of New Jersey, which provides outside-of-school leadership development and performance-based education programming to thousands of inner-city young people in Newark and its surrounding communities. Alesio is a graduate of St. Francis College where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a graduate of University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School where he earned a Master of Business Administration.
James Bell currently serves as a member of our Board of Directors and as a manager of CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary. Bell retired as Executive Vice President of The Boeing Company, an aerospace company and manufacturer of commercial jetliners and military aircraft in April 2012.
Bell served as Boeing’s Executive Vice President, Corporate President and Chief Financial Officer from 2008 until February 2012. Prior to this position, he served as Boeing’s Executive Vice President, Finance and Chief Financial Officer from 2003-2008; Senior Vice President of Finance and Corporate Controller from 2000-2003, and Vice President of Contracts and Pricing for Boeing Space and Communications from 1996-2000.
Bell serves on the boards of directors of Apple Inc., The Dow Chemical Company and JPMorgan Chase & Co. and the board of trustees of Rush University Medical Center. During the past five years, Bell also served as a director of the Chicago Urban League, the Chicago Infrastructure Trust, The Economic Club of Chicago and World Business Chicago. Bell is a graduate of California State University at Los Angeles where he earned a bachelor’s degree.
Benjamin D. Chereskin currently serves as a member of our Board of Directors and as a manager of CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary. Chereskin is President of Profile Capital Management LLC, an investment management firm.
Prior to founding Profile Capital in 2009, Chereskin was a Managing Director of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC, a private equity investment firm, having co-founded the firm in 1992. Prior to the founding of Madison Dearborn, Chereskin was with First Chicago Venture Capital for nine years.
Chereskin serves on the boards of directors of Advanced Micro Instruments, Inc., Cinemark, Inc., FedData Holdings, LLC, Little Dish Holdings Limited (Chairman) and KIPP-Chicago Schools. During the previous five years, Chereskin also served as a director of Boulder Brands, Inc., Expel, Inc., the University of Chicago Laboratory Schools and University of Chicago Medical Center. Chereskin is a graduate of Harvard College where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a graduate of Harvard Business School where he earned a Master of Business Administration.
Paul J. Finnegan currently serves as a member of our Board of Directors and as a manager for CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary. Finnegan is the Co-Chief Executive Officer of Madison Dearborn Partners LLC, a private equity investment firm.
Prior to co-founding Madison Dearborn in 1992, he was with First Chicago Venture Capital for ten years. Finnegan has held a variety of marketing positions in the publishing industry, both in the United States and in Southeast Asia. Finnegan has more than 30 years of experience in private equity investing with a particular focus on investments in the communications industry.
Finnegan is the chairman of the board for Government Sourcing Solutions, LLC and serves on the board of directors of AIA Corporation. He is a Fellow of the Harvard Corporation, Treasurer of Harvard University, chair of the Harvard Management Company and past member of the Harvard Board of Overseers and a Past President of the Harvard Alumni Association. Finnegan is a member of the Board of Dean’s Advisors at the Harvard Business School, a member of the Leadership Council of the Harvard School of Public Health and also a member of the Center for Public Leadership’s Leadership Council at Harvard Kennedy School. He is the Past Chairman and current board member of Teach For America in Chicago, a member of Teach For America’s National Board and member of the board of directors of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs. Finnegan is a graduate of Harvard College where he earned a bachelor’s degree and a graduate of Harvard Business School where he earned a Master of Business Administration.
David Nelms currently serves as the Lead Director of our Board of Directors and as a manager of CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary. Nelms is the Executive Chairman of Discover Financial Services, a direct banking and payment services company, a position he has held since his retirement as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer in October 2018.
Nelms joined Discover in 1998 as President and Chief Operating Officer. He was elected Chairman of the Board at Discover in January 2009, having served as Chief Executive Officer since 2004. Prior to joining Discover, Nelms worked at MBNA America Bank from 1991 to 1998, most recently as Vice Chairman. From 1990 to 1991, he was a senior product manager for Progressive Insurance. Nelms served as a management consultant with Bain & Company from 1986 to 1990.
Nelms also serves on the boards of directors of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago, the Executives’ Club of Chicago and Junior Achievement of Chicago. Nelms is a graduate of University of Florida where he earned a bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering and a graduate of Harvard Business School where he earned a Master of Business Administration.
Joseph R. Swedish currently serves as a member of our Board of Directors and as a manager of CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary. Swedish is a Senior Advisor at Anthem, Inc., a leading health benefits provider, a position he has held since May 2018. Swedish joined Anthem in 2013 as President and Chief Executive Officer and was named Chairman in 2015. Swedish retired in November of 2017 and served as Executive Chairman from November 2017 to May 2018.
Prior to joining Anthem in March 2013, Swedish was President and Chief Executive Officer of Trinity Health, an eighteen-state integrated health care delivery system, from 2004 to 2013. Swedish also has held CEO and senior leadership positions with Centura Health, Hospital Corporation of America and other healthcare enterprises, amongst others.
Swedish also serves on the boards of directors of Centrexion Therapeutics Corporation, International Business Machines Corporation, Mesoblast Limited, and Proteus Digital Health, Inc, and on Duke University’s Fuqua School of Business Board of Visitors (chairman) and Duke Margolis External Advisory Board. During the previous five years, Swedish also served as a director of the Blue Cross Blue Shield Association and the National Institute for Health Care Management and America’s Health Insurance Plans (past chairman). Swedish received his bachelor’s degree from the University of North Carolina at Charlotte and his master’s degree in health administration from Duke University.
Donna F. Zarcone currently serves as a member of our Board of Directors and as a manager of CDW LLC, our wholly owned subsidiary. Zarcone is the President and Chief Executive Officer of The Economic Club of Chicago, a civic and business leadership organization, a position she has held since February 2012. She served as Interim President of The Economic Club of Chicago from October 2011 to February 2012. From January 2007 to February 2012, she served as the President, CEO and founder of D.F. Zarcone & Associates LLC, a strategy advisory firm.
Prior to founding D.F. Zarcone & Associates, Zarcone was President and Chief Operating Officer of Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc., a provider of wholesale and retail financing, credit card and insurance services for dealers and customers of Harley-Davidson. After joining Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc. in 1994 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Zarcone was named President and Chief Operating Officer in 1998. Prior to joining Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc., Zarcone served as Executive Vice President, Chief Financial Officer and Treasurer of Chrysler Systems Leasing, Inc. from 1982 through 1994 and in various management roles at KPMG/Peat Marwick from 1979 through 1982.
Zarcone also serves on the boards of directors of Cigna Corporation and The Duchossois Group. During the previous five years, Zarcone also served as a director of The Jones Group Inc. She also serves as a board member of various civic and professional organizations, including The Economic Club of Chicago and The University of Chicago Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship and Innovation. Zarcone also is a National Association of Corporate Directors Governance Fellow. Zarcone is a graduate of Illinois State University where she earned a bachelor’s degree and a graduate of University of Chicago Booth School of Business where she earned a Master of Business Administration. Zarcone is a certified public accountant.