Kathleen M. Cronin has served as Senior Managing Director, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of CME Group since July 2007. She is responsible for leading the company's Legal, Market Regulation, Internal Audit, Corporate Secretary and Membership Services functions. Previously, she served as Managing Director, General Counsel & Corporate Secretary of CME Holdings and CME since 2003.
Cronin has advised CME Group on all legal matters since joining the company in November 2002. She was an integral part of CME's efforts to complete its IPO in December 2002 and its secondary offering in June 2003. She also played a key role in the company's acquisition of CBOT Holdings, Inc. in 2007 and the acquisition of NYMEX Holdings, Inc. in 2008. Additionally, Cronin has been instrumental in advancing CME Group's regulatory agenda.
Before joining the company, Cronin served as Corporate Counsel for Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, where for 11 years she advised clients in connection with public and private securities offerings, mergers and acquisitions and general corporate matters. She also served as Chief Counsel/Corporate Finance for Sara Lee Corp. from 1995-97, where she advised the company's senior management on domestic and international acquisitions, divestitures, joint ventures, financing activities, credit facilities, public debt offerings and internal restructurings.
Cronin earned a bachelor's degree in psychology, summa cum laude, from Boston College in 1985 and a JD degree, cum laude, from Northwestern University School of Law in 1989.