John A. Canning, Jr. is Chairman of Madison Dearborn Partners, LLC (“MDP”), which specializes in management buyout and special equity investing. MDP has raised investment funds with more than $18 billion in limited partner commitments from over 350 endowments, pension funds and other sophisticated investors.
Prior to founding MDP in 1993, Mr. Canning spent 24 years with First Chicago Corporation, most recently as Executive Vice President of The First National Bank of Chicago and President of First Chicago Venture Capital.
He currently serves on the Boards of Directors of Exelon Corporation, Milwaukee Brewers Baseball Club, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, TransUnion Corp., and Children’s Inner City Educational Fund. He also serves on the Boards of Trustees of the Big Shoulders Fund, Museum of Science and Industry, and Northwestern University.
Mr. Canning is also a Commissioner of the Irish Pension Reserve Fund, a Trustee and Chairman of The Chicago Community Trust, a Trustee and Chairman of The Field Museum, and a Director and Chairman of the Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago.
Mr. Canning has an A.B. from Denison University and a J.D. from Duke University.