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Bill FooteWilliam C. Foote
William C. Foote is executive chairman of USG Corporation, based in Chicago. In addition, he is chairman of the board of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and a member of the board of The Kohler Co. and Walgreen Co.

USG Corporation is a multi-billion dollar manufacturer and distributor of high-performance building systems that serves the residential, non-residential, and repair and remodel construction markets. Under Foote’s leadership since 1996, USG has achieved success in diverse and changing markets. Foote successfully tackled the company’s legacy asbestos liabilities and led the company through a Chapter 11 restructuring to protect shareholders from a wave of lawsuits. In 2006, USG announced an unprecedented agreement that settled all asbestos personal injury claims against the company, preserved shareholder value and repaid creditors in full — a first in any major asbestos agreement. In a Wall Street Journal article, Warren Buffet called it, “the most successful managerial performance in bankruptcy that I’ve ever seen.

Prior to joining USG, Foote was a senior engagement manager at McKinsey & Company in Chicago and assistant treasurer at Chase Manhattan Bank in New York.

Foote is also a trustee of the Museum of Science and Industry, a life trustee of Northwestern Memorial Hospital and a member of the Civic Committee of the Commercial Club. Foote graduated cum laude from Williams College with a bachelor’s degree in economics and holds a master’s degree from Harvard Business School.

Bill FooteJim Wilson
Jim Wilson has more 20 years of executive management, successful turnaround and restructuring experience with video game, technology and entertainment companies, including Atari SA, Vivendi Universal Games, Universal Interactive Studios, and Sony Wonder/Sony BMG. Currently Wilson serves as Chief Executive Officer of Atari SA, where he oversees all strategic, operational and day-to-day activities of the worldwide publicly traded video game company and its key divisions.

Wilson joined the US subsidiary (Atari, Inc.; NASDAQ) as Chief Executive Officer and President in 2008, and subsequently led the turnaround of Atari's US business, including taking the company private via a merger with its parent company (now Atari SA) and transitioning the business model from distribution to publishing and licensing. Following his success in the US, he was charged with re-building commercial activities in Europe following the sale of the European retail distribution company and the re-launch of a worldwide publishing plan around Atari's proven franchises and the strategic shift toward digital, online and mobile businesses.

Prior to joining Atari, Wilson served as Executive Vice President and General Manager of Sony Wonder, Sony BMG’s home entertainment business, where he focused on a turnaround and restructuring of the business before merging aspects of the company’s activities with Sony Pictures Home Entertainment while divesting other parts of the business.

Previously, Wilson served as President of Universal Interactive, where he built a leading games company based upon a new production based business model with financing from multiple third party publishers. The company launched and managed two of the most successful original game franchises of all time, Crash Bandicoot and Spyro the Dragon, produced numerous top-selling and critically acclaimed titles including The Hulk, The Thing, and The Chronicles of Riddick and became a market share leader on the Nintendo handheld platform.

Following Vivendi’s acquisition of Universal Interactive, Wilson was named Executive Vice President/General Manager of Worldwide Studios for Vivendi Universal Games where he was charged with the company’s global publishing strategy and assumed leadership of Universal Interactive, Sierra, Knowledge Adventure and Black Label Games (founded by Wilson). His key activities included the restructuring of all companies into one global division, implementing a cost saving shared services entity and transitioning the PC based divisions toward new console platforms and technology. Wilson has also held business development and marketing positions within Philips Media Software, The Walt Disney Company and Universal Studios. He began his career at Arthur Andersen & Company. Wilson holds an MBA from Harvard Business School.

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