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Donna F. Zarcone

D.F. Zarcone & Associates LLC
President & CEO
Chicago, IL, USA


Donna Zarcone is founder of D.F. Zarcone & Associates LLC, a strategic advisory firm providing consulting at the executive and board level.  Zarcone is an experienced chief executive and board director, with a proven record of rapidly growing and building companies, while consistently delivering outstanding bottom line results.  She serves on two public company boards: CIGNA Corporation and The Jones Group Inc. and two private company boards: CDW Corporation and The Duchossois Group.  Additionally, she is a frequent speaker at industry and corporate governance conferences.

As the former President of Harley-Davidson Financial Services, Inc., Zarcone led that international company through transformational growth.  In her eight year tenure as President, managed loans grew from $1.1 billion to over $6 billion, market share grew from 20% to 50%, and annual operating income increased from $20 million to over $200 million. Zarcone joined the independent start-up finance company in 1994 as Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, and was instrumental in the sale of that company to Harley-Davidson, Inc. in 1995. Zarcone became its President, Chief Operating Officer, and Board Director in August 1998. Zarcone was also responsible for the creation, development and leadership of Harley-Davidson Enthusiast Services, a collection of service offerings including Harley Owners Group, Rider's Edge motorcycle training classes, motorcycle rentals and tours, museum development, and web-based commerce. 

Prior to her affiliation with Harley-Davidson, Zarcone served as Executive Vice President, CFO and Treasurer of Chrysler Systems Leasing, Inc., a computer technology leasing company. Zarcone began her career as an auditor and computer audit specialist with KPMG/Peat Marwick.

Zarcone is actively engaged civically, currently serving on the boards of the Economic Club of Chicago; National Association of Corporate Directors - Chicago Chapter; Polsky Center for Entrepreneurship at the University of Chicago Booth School of Business; Hyde Park Angels; and Chicago Club. She is a member of the Commercial Club of Chicago; Committee of 200; Chicago Network; and Young Presidents' Organization. 

Zarcone holds a Bachelors of Science degree in Accounting from Illinois State University and a Masters of Business Administration degree from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business. She is a certified public accountant.

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