John Ettelson

John Ettelson

President and Chief Executive Officer
+1 312 364 8620
E-mail vCard

John R. Ettelson is the president and chief executive officer of William Blair. Before being named president in 2003 and CEO in 2004, Mr. Ettelson held various leadership positions within the firm, including head of mergers and acquisitions, chief financial officer, and chief operating officer. He joined the firm in 1984 as an associate in the Corporate Finance Department and became a partner in 1989. He has been the lead banker on many of the firm's largest transactions. Mr. Ettelson is the immediate past chairman of the board of trustees of Lincoln Park Zoo and the past chairman of The Economic Club of Chicago. He serves on the board and the executive committee of The Chicago Council on Global Affairs, where he is also chairman of the investment committee. In addition, he is on the board and is chairman of the investment committee of the Francis Parker School. Mr. Ettelson is on the boards of Northwestern Medical Group, SIFMA, and The Executives' Club of Chicago, and is a member of The Commercial Club of Chicago, where he serves on the civic committee. Mr. Ettelson received his Sc.B. from Brown University in 1980 and his J.D. and MBA from the University of Chicago in 1984.