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Shedd Aquarium, a recognized leader in animal care, conservation education and research, is pleased to announce the election of three new members to its Board of Trustees, including Gavin Hattersley of MillerCoors, John Hesselmann of Bank of America Merrill Lynch and Kim Simios of Ernst & Young.

“We are thrilled to make these three meaningful additions to our already accomplished board as we work towards realizing an exciting new strategic vision for the aquarium onsite, in communities and nature, and digitally everywhere over the next several years,” said Brian A. Kenney, chairman of Shedd’s Board of Trustees and chairman, president and chief executive officer of Chicago-based GATX Corporation.

  • Gavin Hattersley, 55, is chief executive officer of MillerCoors. Prior to his current role, Hattersley was global chief financial officer for Molson Coors and served as a member of the MillerCoors Board of Directors. Before Molson Coors, he was executive vice president and chief financial officer for MillerCoors where he was responsible for establishing strong financial management and commercial disciplines for the company, as well as reporting financial performance.
  • John Hesselmann, 59, is a global commercial banking executive for Bank of America Merrill Lynch where he is responsible for leading national teams that focus on serving clients in specialized sectors including healthcare, education and not-for-profit.  Hesselmann has 35 years of experience in the banking industry and has held a variety of executive and management positions at Bank of America.
  • Kim Simios, 53, serves as the Managing Partner for the EY Chicago office, supporting a team of more than 3,400 professionals, the second largest EY office in the United States. In this role, she provides thought leadership and account support to the Chicago partner group and clients, as well as leads various initiatives relating to firm branding, talent development and community engagement. Simios serves as a global coordinating partner for certain SEC registrants, as well as an engagement quality review partner and senior advisory partner for a number of accounts across multiple sectors.

Shedd is governed by the Shedd Aquarium Society, composed of volunteer corporate, civic and community leaders that make up the 48-member Board of Trustees with the primary responsibility for governance oversight and fiduciary accountability, as outlined in the Society’s bylaws.  The board provides strategic direction for institutional priorities through work in both governance and programmatic committees.