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1871 names first female CEO

1871 names first female CEO

Chicago tech hub 1871 just hired its first female CEO.

Betsy Ziegler, chief innovation officer at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management, will take the helm of 1871 in April, the Merchandise Mart-based tech center said Tuesday in a news release.

She replaces Howard Tullman, who led 1871 for four years. He continues to serve on the 34-person board of the Chicagoland Entrepreneurial Center, 1871’s nonprofit parent. The CEO search has been underway since shortly after Tullman announced that he was leaving last August.

Although she hasn’t even met all the team members at 1871 yet, Ziegler said she’s excited to get started.

“The entrepreneurs are...