Bernard W. Dan
Bernard W. Dan served as president and chief executive officer of the Chicago Board of Trade from November 5, 2002, until the merger of CBOT and CME in July 2007. When the merger was completed, his role changed to that of special advisor to CME Group and former President & CEO of the Chicago Board of Trade, which was acquired by CME Holdings to form CME Group.
taking over from David Vitale, who had resigned after only 18 months on the job.
Dan joined the CBOT in July 2001 and, prior to his appointment as president and CEO with the resignation of David Vitale, served as executive vice president, charged with the CBOT’s open auction and screen-based business units, and the exchange’s product development and marketing initiatives.
Prior to joining the CBOT, Dan was president and CEO of Cargill Investor Services, Inc. (CIS), a wholly owned subsidiary of Cargill, Inc. He was named president and CEO of CIS in June 1998. Joining CIS in 1985, he held a variety of operational positions while in Chicago. In 1986, he was assigned to Cargill Investor Services Ltd., London, as administrative manager responsible for all operational activities. In 1989, he was assigned to the CIS New York regional office as administrative manager, and subsequently was named CIS assistant vice [resident in October 1991 and vice president in June 1993. He became director of Cargill Investor Services (Singapore) Pty. Ltd. upon the company’s formation in November 1994 and continued in that position until April 1997. He returned to Chicago in June 1997 and served as vice president, Global Head of Execution, a position to which he was appointed in April 1997.
Prior to joining Cargill, Dan worked with the National Futures Association and Schultz and Chez, LLP from 1983 to 1985. He was elected to a three-year term as a governor of the [[Board of Trade Clearing Corporation]] (BOTCC), now the Clearing Corp., in February 1999. He also served as first vice chairman of the BOTCC.
Dan is a member of the board of trustees for Fenwick High School, Oak Park, Illinois, and serves as a member of the board of regents for St. John’s University, Collegeville, Minnesota. He is also a member of The Executives Club of Chicago, The Commercial Club of Chicago and Operation Hope Incorporated – regional board of directors.
A native of Chicago, Dan received a Bachelor of Science degree in Accounting from St. John’s University.