John A. Canning, Jr. is Chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC ("MDP"), which specializes in management buyout and special equity investing. MDP manages over $14 billion of committed capital and portfolio investments. Prior to founding MDP in 1993, Mr. Canning spent 24 years with First Chicago Corporation, most recently as Executive Vice President of The First National Bank of Chicago and President of First Chicago Venture Capital. He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of The Economic Club of Chicago, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, TransUnion Corp., and Children's Inner City Educational Fund. He also serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Big Shoulders Fund, The Chicago Community Trust, The Field Museum, Museum of Science and Industry, and Northwestern University. Mr. Canning is also a Commissioner of the Irish Pension Reserve Fund and a Director and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago. Mr. Canning has an A.B. from Denison University and a J.D. from Duke University.
Through Machrie Enterprises, Ellen Carnahan provides sound judgment, expertise and extensive connections to growth businesses, venture capital, and growth equity funds. With over twenty years of venture capital and growth equity investment experience, she is an experienced advisor, board member, and angel investor. She joined William Blair Capital Partners (WBCP) in 1988 after ten years of management experience in the software and financial services industries. During her tenure at four of seven WBCP prior funds, she led the technology investment team and is recognized as "one of the 100 most influential women in Chicago" by Crain's Chicago Business.
Ms. Carnahan has served on the boards of directors of over 25 growth companies, and currently serves as a director of Vericept Corporation and Integrys Energy (NYSE: TEG). Prior to her venture capital career, she was Vice President of Marketing & Planning at SPSS, a then-$30 million applications software company (now public), and Manager of Financial Planning & Analysis at Trailer Train Company, the largest operator of railroad flatcars. Ms. Carnahan is a CPA and holds a BBA from the University of Notre Dame and an MBA from the University of Chicago. She is active in many non-profit organizations including The Chicago Network (FY '06 Chair), Communities in Schools Chicago (Nominating Co-Chair), TiE Midwest (Nominating Co-Chair), and the Illinois Venture Capital Association ('09 Chair).
Ms. Rudnick currently serves as Executive Director and Clinical Professor of the Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth Graduate School of Business. The Polsky Center supports students, faculty and alumni of the University of Chicago in the development of new ventures and related education. Prior to this appointment Ms. Rudnick spent twenty-five years in business management and entrepreneurial activities. Ms Rudnick's responsibilities have included Co-Founder and Chairman of Pacific Biometrics, President of HCIA and CEO of its predecessor company, Healthcare Knowledge Resources, and Corporate Vice President of Baxter Healthcare, President and Founder of Baxter Management Services Division and Director of Strategic Planning for Baxter. She currently serves on the boards of Liberty Mutual Insurance, Patterson Companies (PDCO), First Midwest Bank (FMBI) and Health Management Systems (HMSY). She has previously served on the boards of Oxford Health Plans, NCCI and NephRx. She also serves on the Evanston Northwestern Healthcare Foundation Board. Ellen received an MBA from the University of Chicago and a B.A. from Vassar College.