Governor Thompson has served as a member of the Board of Directors since August 1998. He serves as Lead Director and is Chair of the Executive Committee and a member of the Nominating and Governance Committee.
Governor Thompson served as Chairman of the Chicago law firm of Winston & Strawn from January 1993 to September 2006. He now serves as Senior Chairman, a position from which he will retire on January 31, 2016. He joined the law firm in January 1991 as Chairman of its Executive Committee after serving four terms as Governor for the State of Illinois from 1977 to 1991. As Illinois’ longest-serving chief executive (14 years), Governor Thompson was noted for his skill in settling difficult labor-management problems, his ability to manage one of the nation’s largest public budgets while maintaining one of the nation’s highest state bond ratings, and his leadership among his peers.
Prior to his terms as Governor, he served as United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois from 1971 to 1975. Governor Thompson served as the Chief of the Department of Law Enforcement and Public Protection in the Office of the Attorney General of Illinois, as an Associate Professor at Northwestern University School of Law, and as an Assistant State’s Attorney of Cook County. He is a former Chairman of the President’s Intelligence Oversight Board and was a member of the National Commission on Terrorist Attacks upon the United States. Governor Thompson is currently a member of the board of director of Maximus, Inc. He also serves as Chairman for the Public Review Board — UNITE HERE.
Governor Thompson attended the University of Illinois and Washington University and received a J.D. from Northwestern University School of Law.