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John W. Rogers, Jr. is Founder, Chairman, Chief Executive Officer and Chief Investment Officer of Ariel Investments.After working for two and a half years as a stockbroker at William Blair & Company, LLC, John founded Ariel Investments in 1983 to focus on undervalued small and medium-sized companies. Beyond Ariel, John is a board member of Exelon and McDonald’s, and serves as trustee to the University of Chicago. Additionally, he is a trustee of Rush University Medical Center and a life trustee of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. John is a member of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a director of the Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice and Human Rights. In 2008, John was awarded Princeton University’s highest honor, the Woodrow Wilson Award, presented each year to the alumni whose career embodies a commitment to national service. He is a past President of the Board of the Chicago Park District where he served a six-year term. John received an AB in Economics in 1980 from Princeton University where he was also Captain of the Varsity Basketball Team. He and his wife make their home in Chicago, IL. He is a 1997 Henry Crown Fellow of the Aspen Institute and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.