James M. Denny was appointed as Chairman of our Board of Directors in 2001. He joined our Board of Directors in 1996 following his retirement from Sears, Roebuck & Co., a multi-line retailer that offers a wide array of merchandise and related services, where he was Chief Financial Officer and subsequently Vice Chairman with oversight responsibility for a significant portion of the company's operations and staff functions. He previously served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial and Planning Officer of G.D. Searle & Co., as well as Chairman of Pearle Health Services, Inc. He is a past Chairman of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and the Northwestern Memorial Foundation and has held directorships at Astra AB, ChoicePoint, Inc., The Principal Financial Group, The Allstate Corporation, and General Instruments, Inc. He is currently a director of GATX Corporation and a member of the advisory boards for several privately-held fund management companies. Mr. Denny also served as Senior Advisor at William Blair Capital Partners, Treasurer at the Firestone Tire & Rubber Co., and associate counsel at Dewey Ballantine Bushly and Wood, where he practiced law in New York and Paris.