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Turnaround Management Conference:
Leading Corporate Renewal

Conference Date:
April 25, 2007

Keynote Speakers

Robert Stevens “Steve” Miller

Diane Swonk

Glenn F. Tilton


  Robert Stevens Miller

Robert Stevens “Steve” Miller
Executive Chairman,
Delphi Corporation

Robert Stevens “Steve” Miller, 65, became executive chairman on January 1, 2007. He was previously chairman and chief executive officer of Delphi Corporation. He also serves as chair of the Delphi Strategy Board, the company’s top policy-making group, and Delphi’s Board of Directors.

Prior to joining Delphi, Miller was the non-executive chairman of Federal-Mogul, and also serves as a director of two other diverse public companies: Symantec and United Airlines. He previously served on the board of Reynolds American and Waste Management, Inc. Currently, he serves as a board member of the Economic Alliance of Michigan.

Miller began his career in 1968 at Ford Motor Company, and worked for 11 years in a variety of assignments in the United States, Mexico, Australia and Venezuela. In 1979, he joined Chrysler Corporation at the request of then-chairman Lee Iacocca and was the architect of the Loan Guarantee Act that included negotiations with 400 lenders and the U.S. government to secure the bailout of the troubled automaker. He remained at Chrysler for more than a decade, eventually serving as chief financial officer and vice chairman responsible for all staff activities, international automotive operations, and non-automotive operations such as Gulfstream Aerospace.

Miller left Chrysler in 1992 and became a partner in an investment banking firm, advising Olympia & York, a privately held real estate firm, as it restructured more than $20 billion in debt. In 1993, he embarked on a career as a professional corporate director. In the past decade, he has returned to the private sector nine times to serve as a full-time executive in order to guide the recovery of several companies. These included:

1995: Chairman, Morrison Knudsen, an engineering and construction firm.
1996: Acting CEO, Federal-Mogul, an automotive parts maker.
1997: Chairman and CEO, Waste Management, an environmental services firm.
1999: CEO, Waste Management.
1999: President, Reliance Group Holdings, a property and casualty company.
2000: Office of the CEO, Aetna, an insurance services firm.
2000: Interim CEO, Federal-Mogul.
2001: Chairman and CEO, Bethlehem Steel.
2003: Non-executive Chairman, Federal-Mogul.
Miller is a native of Portland, Ore., where his family owned a timber and lumber business. He earned a degree in economics from Stanford University in 1963, and a law degree from Harvard Law School in 1966. In 1968, he received an MBA degree in finance from Stanford Business School.

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Diane Swonk
Chief Economist,
Mesirow Financial

Diane is one of the most sought-after economists in the world. She is called upon by policymakers and business leaders from Washington to Tokyo. Diane joined Mesirow Financial in 2004 after 19 years with Bank One Corporation and its predecessors. She started her career with the First Chicago Corporation in 1985 and quickly moved up the ranks, proving herself as a regional economist with her forecast for a renaissance in the Industrial Midwest just one year later. During her tenure with First Chicago, Diane published several nationally acclaimed studies as well as her first book: The Passionate Economist: Finding the Power and Humanity Behind the Numbers.

Diane sits on several advisory committees to the Federal Reserve Board, its regional banks and the Council of Economic Advisers for the White House. Most recently, she was appointed to serve on the Congressional Budget Office’s panel of economic advisers. As one of the most quoted economists in the financial press, Diane is seen regularly on national and international television and her commentary can be read in top financial news publications throughout the world. In addition, she serves as a Clinical Professor for DePaul University 's highly rated evening MBA program.

Diane is a past board member for the National Association for Business Economics (NABE) and the Finance Committee for the Executive Club of Chicago as well as a past member of the Board of Trustees for the Illinois Council on Economic Education. She is a past president of NABE, a title that former Federal Reserve Chairman Alan Greenspan and several other Federal Reserve presidents have also shared. Diane was the youngest to serve as president in the association's history and continues to dedicate much of her time to improving the quality and timeliness of economic data, a critical aspect of policymaking. She was named "Fellow" of NABE for her outstanding contributions to the field of business economics.

Diane earned her bachelor's and master's degrees in economics with top honors from the University of Michigan as well as a master's degree in finance and strategic planning with top honors from the University of Chicago.

Diane’s monthly newsletter, Themes on the Economy, is available online at www.mesirowfinancial.com.

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  Glenn F. Tilton

Glenn F. Tilton
Chairman, President and CEO,
UAL Corporation

Glenn F. Tilton is chairman, president and chief executive officer of UAL Corporation and United Airlines, its principal subsidiary company. He is based at the company’s worldwide headquarters in suburban Chicago.

United, United Express® and Ted® operate about 3,400 daily scheduled flights on a route network that spans the globe and employs approximately 55,000 men and women.

Prior to joining United in September 2002, he was vice chairman of the board of directors of ChevronTexaco, as well as interim chairman of Dynegy Inc. Previously, he served as chairman of the board and chief executive officer of Texaco Inc., a position he assumed in February 2001.

Tilton, 58, joined Texaco Inc. in 1970 and served in various marketing, corporate planning and European downstream assignments of increasing responsibility. In 1989, while serving as president of U.S. refining and marketing, he was appointed vice president of Texaco Inc. He became chairman of Texaco Ltd. in 1991 and president of Texaco Europe in 1992. In January 1995, he was appointed president of Texaco USA and, later that year, a senior vice president of Texaco Inc. In January 1997, he became president of Texaco's Global Business Unit.

Tilton serves on the board of directors of TXU Corp., a Dallas-based energy company that manages a portfolio of competitive and regulated energy businesses in North America, primarily in Texas, and Lincoln Financial Group, a premier provider of investment products, comprehensive financial planning, and investment and advisory services. Tilton also serves on the board of directors of the Air Transport Association and is a member of the U.S. Travel & Tourism Advisory Board. He serves on the board of trustees for the Field Museum and the Museum of Science and Industry, and the board of directors for After School Matters in Chicago.

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