John H. Bryan

Crab Tree Farm

John H. Bryan is retired chairman and chief executive officer of Sara Lee Corporation.  He served as chief executive officer from 1975 to 2000 and as chairman of the board until his retirement in 2001.

Bryan is a past board member of Goldman Sachs, Inc., BP and of General Motors Corporation.  He is the past vice chairman and a member of the Business Council.  He served as co-chairman of the World Economic Forum’s annual meeting in 1994, 1997 and 2000. 

Active in the arts, Bryan is past chairman of the board of trustees and a life trustee of The Art Institute of Chicago.  He was the Chairman of Millennium Park and is now President of the Millennium Park Foundation.  Bryan is active in many cultural and preservation organizations in Chicago and nationally.