New York–Bloomberg LP, the City of Chicago and World Business Chicago (WBC) announced today the initial speaker line-up for the first annual Bloomberg Business Summit to be held on November 20 and 21, 2013, at the Art Institute of Chicago. The Summit will bring together more than 250 CEOs, senior executives, public sector officials and thought leaders from around the world to engage in conversations focused on the challenges, opportunities and trends facing them in the coming year.

The Summit is presented in partnership with the Mayor’s Office of the City of Chicago and WBC as part of their ongoing engagement with the business community.

More than 40 business leaders from diverse industries are already confirmed to speak at the Bloomberg Business Summit, including:

-Sean Connolly, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Hillshire Brands Company

-Barry Diller, Chairman and Senior Executive, IAC; Chairman and Senior Executive, Expedia, Inc.

-The Honorable Rahm Emanuel, Mayor, City of Chicago

-Richard Gelfond, Chief Executive Officer, The IMAX Corporation

-Daniel R. Hesse, Chief Executive Officer, Sprint Nextel Corporation

-Mellody Hobson, President, Ariel Investments, LLC

-Thomas W. Horton, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, AMR Corporation and American Airlines

-Paul E. Jacobs, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Qualcomm Incorporated

-Karen W. Katz, President and Chief Executive Officer, The Neiman Marcus Group, Inc.

-Donald R. Knauss, Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, The Clorox Company

-Henry R. Kravis, Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, KKR & Co. L.P.

-Henry M. Paulson, Jr., Former United States Secretary of the Treasury; Chairman, The Paulson Institute, University of Chicago

-George Roberts, Co-Founder, Co-Chairman and Co-Chief Executive Officer, KKR & Co. L.P.

-Sir Martin Sorrell, Chief Executive Officer, WPP Group

-John G. Stumpf, Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer, Wells Fargo & Company

-Gregory D. Wasson, President and Chief Executive Officer, Walgreen Company

The Summit is part of “2014: The Year Ahead,” a new Bloomberg Franchise powered by proprietary data, analysis and rankings. This unique research, called the Bloomberg Matrix, examines issues cutting across 55 industries, inspiring a special issue of Bloomberg Businessweek and driving conversation at the event.

“By the end of November, leaders in business, technology, finance, and government will be making critical decisions about their business plans for 2014,” said Norman Pearlstine, Chairman, Bloomberg Businessweek, and Chief Content Officer, Bloomberg LP. “At the Bloomberg Business Summit, C-level leaders will get an early glimpse at the agenda-setting trends that will prevail in 2014. They can test their assumptions with their peers, and generate new ideas through discussions with the world’s foremost thought leaders. We are confident ‘The Year Ahead’ franchise – with its Summit, unique analytics and incisive editorial – will become an indispensable resource to corporate decision-makers.”

Updates on the Bloomberg Business Summit, including program, speaker, and partner details, may be found here: http://go.bloomberg.com/bsummit/

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CONTACTS:

Rachel Nagler, Bloomberg LP, 212.617.7187, rnagler@bloomberg.net

Mayor’s Press Office, 312.744.3334, press@cityofchicago.org

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