The Chicago NATO Host Committee

The Chicago NATO Host Committee is honored to have former U.S. Secretary of State Madeleine Albright and  philanthropist and business executive John Bryan as co-chairmen.

The Host Committee serves under the auspices of World Business Chicago, a not-for-profit corporation focused on economic development. Mayor Rahm Emanuel has tasked the Host Committee with integrating official events and activities into city operations.

Madeleine Albright

Madeleine K. Albright is Chair of Albright Stonebridge Group, a global strategy firm, and Chair of Albright Capital Management LLC, an investment advisory firm focused on emerging markets. Dr. Albright was the 64th Secretary of State of the United States. In 1997, she was named the first female Secretary of State and became, at that time, the highest ranking woman in the history of the U.S. government. From 1993 to 1997, Dr. Albright served as the U.S. Permanent Representative to the United Nations and was a member of the President's Cabinet.

She is a Professor in the Practice of Diplomacy at the Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Dr. Albright chairs both the National Democratic Institute for International Affairs and the Pew Global Attitudes Project and serves as president of the Truman Scholarship Foundation. She also serves on the U.S. Department of Defense's Defense Policy Board, and on the Boards of the Council on Foreign Relations, the Aspen Institute and the Center for American Progress.


John H. Bryan, Jr.

John H. Bryan, Jr. is a philanthropist and the former Chief Executive Officer of the Sara Lee Corporation. He served as the campaign chairman for two major civic improvement projects in Chicago: Millenium Park and the Modern Wing of the Art Institute of Chicago. His awards include the Order of Lincoln Medallion – the state of Illinois’ highest honor for individual achievement – and the Marshall Field History Maker Award for Distinction in Corporate Leadership and Innovation from the Chicago Historical Society.

A graduate of Rhodes College in Memphis, Tennessee and the Darden Graduate School of Business Administration, he also served as a member of the board of General Motors, British Petroleum, Goldman Sachs, and Bank One.