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Melissa Bean to be CEO of Executives’ Club

Melissa Bean. (Nancy Stone/Chicago Tribune)

By Becky Yerak and Melissa Harris | Melissa Bean, the Barrington Democrat recently ousted from her U.S. House seat after three terms, has been hired as the new chief executive of the Executives’ Club of Chicago.

Before entering the world of politics, Bean worked in sales and management for high-tech companies, including a Motorola unit, Nortel and Arrow Electronics. She later started her own consulting firm to the tech industry, advising clients that included Anixter, Intel and Microsoft. She was elected to Congress in 2004.

Bean replaces Kaarina Koskenalusta, who resigned from the business forum last October after 25 years at the helm. Get the full story »

Koskenalusta ends Executives’ Club reign

Kaarina Koskenalusta, the president of the Executives’ Club of Chicago, resigned the post she had held for 25 years, the club announced in a press release distributed late Friday.

Koskenalusta is leaving to become a principal at the Dilenschneider Group, working from Chicago and New York, according to the club’s release. She will be in charge of global client relationships.

The club will work with executive search firm Russell Reynolds to find a new chief executive. In the interim, Mary MacLaren, the club’s chief of staff from May 2009 to July 2010, will serve as interim CEO.