Chicago, IL – The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce announced today that Frederick H. Waddell, Chairman & Chief Executive Officer of The Northern Trust Company, has been named the recipient of the 2015 Daniel H. Burnham Award for Distinguished Leadership. He will be honored at the 24th Annual Daniel H. Burnham Award Dinner on November 3, 2015 at the Hilton Chicago.

Rick Waddell“Rick Waddell embodies everything we look for in a Burnham Award honoree,” said Theresa E. Mintle, President & CEO of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce. “His commitment to philanthropy, volunteerism, and corporate social responsibility and his support for Chicago’s many diverse communities truly represents Daniel Burnham’s ‘make no little plans’ vision.” 

Since joining Northern Trust in 1975, Waddell has held leadership positions in commercial banking, strategic planning, wealth management, corporate and institutional services and has served as Chief Operating Officer. Waddell was appointed Chief Executive Officer on January 1, 2008, and named Chairman in November 2009.

“At Northern Trust, we have maintained a steadfast commitment to serving our communities for more than 125 years,” Waddell said. “It’s a great honor to receive the Daniel H. Burnham Award and a privilege to continue a tradition of corporate service and to participate in Chicago’s thriving business community.”

Waddell is a member of the Board of Directors of AbbVie Inc., serves on the Board of Trustees of the Art Institute of Chicago, Northwestern University, the Chicago Symphony Orchestra, and Northwestern Memorial Hospital, and is active in many other professional, civic and charitable organizations.

The Daniel H. Burnham Award for Distinguished Leadership was created by the Board of Directors of the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce in 1992 to pay tribute to a prominent business leader who works tirelessly to advance the Chicagoland business climate, but also for significant civic contributions that make the region a better place to work and live.

Grant Thornton LLP is the Exclusive Presenting Sponsor of the Burnham Dinner for the second consecutive year. 

“Grant Thornton supports the Burnham Award Dinner because we recognize Chicagoland’s unique business and civic connection that drives the city,” says Vincent Tomkinson, Grant Thornton’s Midwest Managing Partner and chamber executive committee board member. “Rick embodies the Burnham Award, supporting this vision for Chicago through his business and civic leadership. We applaud the Chamber’s choice and congratulate Rick on this great honor.”

Past recipients include notable Chicago business and civic leaders: Chairman of Evans Food Group Alejandro Silva (2014); Motorola Solutions Chairman and CEO Greg Brown (2013); former BMO Harris CEO Ellen M. Costello (2012); Ariel Capital Management Chairman and CEO John W. Rogers, Jr (2011); former Chairman and CEO of United Airlines Glenn F. Tilton (2010); Vice Chairman and Chief Inclusion Officer of Deloitte Deborah L. DeHaas (2004); and the first Burnham Honoree Frank W. Considine (1992).

Click here to learn about Northern Trust’s commitment to corporate social responsibility under Waddell’s leadership.

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