Wall Street 50 – 2004

Kathleen M. Cronin/Chicago Mercantile Exchange

Kathleen Cronin is the managing director, general counsel, and corporate secretary for the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, a position she has held since August 2003. Cronin, a second-generation Irish-American whose mother’s family originated from Killarney, graduated summa cum laude from Boston College with a BA in psychology. Cronin then went on to graduate cum laude from Northwestern School of Law.

Before serving as a managing director at Chicago Mercantile Exchange which during 2003 peaked over $544.8 million in revenue, Cronin served as its corporate secretary and acting general counsel from November 2002 through August 2003. Prior to working at the Chicago Mercantile Exchange, Cronin was a corporate attorney at Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom from September 1989 through July 1995 and from April 1997 through November 2002. Cronin has also previously served as chief counsel of corporate finance for the Sara Lee Corporation from August 1995 through March 1997.