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Meet the Forest Preserve Foundation's Newest Board Members!

Thursday, July 28, 2016
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The Forest Preserve Foundation proudly welcomes our two new board members, Mr. John Atkinson and Ms. Leslie Fenton.

“The Forest Preserve Foundation Board aspires to build on our strengths as developed in ourstrategic plan. I am excited to personally welcome John and Leslie to the board and thank them for their willingness to join us in championing our important mission which helps so many in Cook County and beyond.”

Tom Livingston
Chairman of the Board
Forest Preserve Foundation

John Atkinson

Managing Partner, Willis Group

John serves as a Managing Partner for Willis Group Holdings in Chicago. Willis Group Holdings is a leading global risk advisor, insurance and reinsurance broker.

John was the Managing Partner and Principal of one of the nation’s top 100 privately held insurance brokerage firms through 2006. John then led the sale, integration and merger of his firm into HRH and subsequently into Willis Group in 2008. Today, John helps lead Willis’s Chicago operations and oversees key client relationships for the firm.

John is a frequent speaker and adviser to healthcare, real estate, long-term-care, and business organizations John also serves as a Director of One Million Degrees, on the Board of Organizing For Action, (OFA), Boards of Advisors of Catholic Charities of Chicago, The Center for Civic Leadership at Benedictine University, and the American Seniors Housing Association. John is a member of the Chicago Council on Global Affairs and the Economic Club of Chicago.

John and his wife Bonnie have four children, Emily, Caitlin, Hope and Patrick.

Leslie Fenton

Managing Director, PwC

Leslie is a Managing Director in the Chicago office of PwC Corporate Finance LLC. She is responsible for advising both domestic and international clients on investment banking transactions in the insurance and financial services industries.

Since 1982, Leslie has been an investment banker, specializing in insurance corporate finance. She has extensive transactions experience, from new capital issuance in both public and private markets, to strategic and private equity-sponsored mergers and acquisitions; structured solutions for insurance companies and corporations; and insurance and healthcare-related services, IT and distribution companies. Leslie has advised on transactions for US and foreign companies, private equity investors, and corporations with unique insurance exposures. She has significant experience in advising on “carve out” transactions and management buy-outs, advising companies and shareholder constituencies on specialty transactions for maximizing shareholder value, and working with regulators and agencies to effect transactions for the benefit of policyholders.

Prior to joining PwC Corporate Finance, Leslie was a managing director at KPMG Corporate Finance.

Leslie holds an M.B.A. in Finance from the Graduate School of Business at the University of Chicago in Chicago, Illinois and a B.A. and M.A. in History from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana.

Annual Board Retreat

The Forest Preserve Foundation's Board of Directors recently met at the first Board retreat on the beautiful grounds of Sullivan Barn in Oak Forest.

Visitors to Camp Sullivan have access to more than 13 miles of trails and is the perfect destination for nature exploration with family and friends. Its iconic red barn is ideal for group gatherings, and also features a climbing wall for indoor fun!

To learn more about Camp Sullivan,click here.

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