Andrew J. McKenna1
Andrew J. McKenna was the Chairman of Schwarz Supply Source, Morton Grove, Illinois. Schwarz Supply Source is a global provider of distribution and logistics programs with facilities throughout the United States, Canada, Japan, and the United Kingdom.
Mr. McKenna was also the Chairman Emeritus of McDonald’s Corporation, Oak Brook, Illinois. Mr. McKenna served as a director of McDonald’s for 25 years, and non-executive chairman from 2004-2016.
He was a director of the Chicago Bears Football Club, Inc., and Ryan Specialty Group. He acted as Chairman of the Chicago White Sox during his group’s ownership of that organization from 1975-1981. He also served as Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Cubs, upon purchase of that entity by Tribune Company, from August 1981 through December of 1984. He served as Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the University of Notre Dame from 1992 – 2000 and was Vice Chairman for six years prior to that. Mr. McKenna has served over the years on many civic, community and philanthropic boards. He was a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Museum of Science and Industry. He was a past Chairman of the Economic Club of Chicago and past chairman of The Executives’ Club of Chicago. He was a director of Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, the Big Shoulders Fund, The Ireland Economic Advisory Board, the Lyric Opera of Chicago, and the United Way of Metropolitan Chicago among others. He was a past Chairman of the Civic Committee of The Commercial Club of Chicago, and a past Chairman of The Commercial Club of Chicago. In addition, he was the Founding Chairman of Chicago Metropolis 2020. His former corporate directorships include: AON Corporation (1970-2012), First Chicago NBD (1991-1999), Dean Foods (1982-2000), Tribune Company (1982-2002), Click Commerce (2000-2006) and Skyline Corporation (1971 – 2014).
He was a graduate of the University of Notre Dame with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and marketing. Mr. McKenna was also a graduate of DePaul University School of Law where he received a Doctor of Jurisprudence.
He was the recipient of many industry, business, and civic awards. He and his wife, Joan, have seven children, 24 grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.