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"ChicagoFIRST" Homeland Security Coalition Appoints Executive Director, Formalizes Structure as LLC

CHICAGO, February 4, 2004 - ChicagoFIRST, a coalition that addresses homeland security issues affecting Chicago's financial services sector, today announced it hired Brian S. Tishuk, 42, of the U.S. Department of the Treasury (Treasury), to serve as its Executive Director, effective Feb. 2. The appointment coincides with ChicagoFIRST formalizing its organizational structure as an Illinois limited liability company (LLC).

Most recently, Tishuk served as Deputy Director of the Office of Critical Infrastructure Protection and Compliance Policy, an office that he was responsible for establishing at the Treasury shortly after September 11, 2001. Under Tishuk's direction, the office has focused on three policy areas affecting financial institutions and markets: critical infrastructure protection and homeland security; money laundering and terrorist financing; and the security of personal financial information. Since joining the Treasury Department in 1985, he was involved in a wide range of policy issues affecting financial institutions and markets.

"Hiring an Executive Director and formalizing ChicagoFIRST's structure as an LLC, are both moves that solidify our organization's dedication to long-term business continuity planning for the Chicago financial services sector," said Louis Rosenthal, Co-Chairman of ChicagoFIRST and Executive Vice President, LaSalle Bank Corporation. "We've already had the good fortune of working with Brian in his position at the Treasury, and we look forward to the perspective he will bring to ChicagoFIRST."

"We're thrilled with the in-depth knowledge and expertise that Brian brings to ChicagoFIRST," said Ro Kumar, Co-Chairman of ChicagoFIRST and First Vice President, The Options Clearing Corporation. "Brian's familiarity with ChicagoFIRST's members and our key business objectives will help him boost the momentum that has already been generated by the membership."

As Executive Director, Tishuk will manage the activities of ChicagoFIRST and serve as the primary liaison between ChicagoFIRST, Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and Communication (OEMC) and Treasury, as well as other strategic partners in the public and private sectors. Tishuk will be responsible for proactively advancing the organization's business objectives, which include:

  • Maintaining a seat at Chicago's Joint Operations Center in the event of a crisis that affects Chicago's financial services sector
  • Establishing a credentialing system for essential personnel to safely access business facilities during a general evacuation of the city
  • Developing and communicating standard evacuation procedures for industry personnel during a disaster

"I'm very excited to help make ChicagoFIRST a part of the permanent landscape of Chicago and eager to build and continue the successful relationships that will help us achieve our key objectives," said Tishuk.

"The City of Chicago and the OEMC are pleased with the appointment of Mr. Tishuk as executive director and the formation of ChicagoFIRST as an LLC. This bolsters ChicagoFIRST's commitment to keeping the financial sector prepared for any emergency," said Cortez Trotter, Executive Director of the OEMC.

"I am extremely pleased with the progress that ChicagoFIRST has made in enhancing the resiliency of Chicago's critical financial infrastructure," said Michael Dawson, Treasury Deputy Assistant Secretary for Critical Infrastructure Protection and Compliance Policy. "The hiring of an executive director should cement ChicagoFIRST's role as an effective leader. I look forward to working with ChicagoFIRST and Brian Tishuk in the months ahead."


Chicago's premier financial services institutions formed ChicagoFIRST in July 2003 as an industry coalition that addresses homeland security issues requiring a common response by Chicago's financial services sector. ChicagoFIRST was initially supported by BITS, a technology and business strategy group composed of the top 100 financial services companies in the U.S. Chicago's Office of Emergency Management and communications and The U.S. Department of Treasury have endorsed and expressed their support of ChicagoFIRST.