William A. Osborn

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William Osborn
Occupation Chairman, President and CEO
Employer Northern Trust Corporation
Location Chicago
Website www.northerntrust.com

William (Bill) Osborn is the former Chairman, CEO and President of the Northern Trust Company and the former Executive Chairman of the Northern Trust Corp.. He retired from his posts and ended a four decade run at Northern Trust in November of 2009.[1] He holds various board positions at companies such as; Abbott Laboratories, the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago , Nicor Inc., and the Tribune Co. [2]


Osborn served as the CEO and COO of the Northern Trust Corp. until 2007. Prior to that he was a director at the Chicago Clearing House Association and a director at the Northern Illinois Gas Company.


Osborn received a Bachelors of Arts and an MBA from Northwestern University.


  1. Northern Trust's Osborn to retire. Crain's Chicago Business.
  2. William A. Obsorn. BusinessWeek.