Author - Ellen Barry

Ellen Barry joined the Metropolitan Pier and Exposition Authority(MPEA) in February 2000 as Chief Information Officer responsible for information technology initiatives for the Authority. The Authority owns and manages McCormick Place, Navy Pier, and the Authority's Corporate Center.

Ellen successfully implemented a revenue generating initiative by insouricng the delivery of Internet and Technical Services to Exhibitors, Show Management and Meeting Planners for McCormick Place, Navy Pier and the Hyatt McCormick Place. In addition, she was responsible for bringing high speed internet service to all sleeping rooms in the Hyatt McCormick Place Hotel, which is owned by the Authority and managed by the Hyatt Corporation; installing wi-fi cafes supporting over 3000 concurrent users within the facility; and implementing a gigabit circuit to 'next generation networks' including Internet2.

Prior to MPEA, Ellen was the 1st Deputy Chief Information Officer for the City of Chicago. Ellen is the recipient of the 2003 Excellence in Corporate IT Leadership Award presented by WITI (Women in Technology, International)Chicago Chapter. Ellen is the President-elect for Society for Information Management, Chicago Chapter, becoming President in January 2006.


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