MILWAUKEE – Catherine Jacobson, president and CEO of Froedtert Health, has been named Chair-elect of the Metropolitan Milwaukee Association of Commerce (MMAC) Board of Directors.
Jacobson will succeed current MMAC Chair Jonas Prising, Chairman and CEO of ManpowerGroup, as part of ceremonies at the MMAC’s All Member Meeting in fall 2021.
“I’m honored by the opportunity to lead the MMAC at such an important time for our region,” Jacobson said. “I look forward to advancing the significant strategies MMAC and its member companies are pursuing to help everyone in the Milwaukee Region realize our opportunities and address our challenges as we navigate through the COVID-19 pandemic. I’m confident my experience leading our health care system throughout the COVID-19 crisis will help our members amplify our efforts and make a real impact on the metro Milwaukee community.”
Jacobson joined Froedtert Health in 2010 as executive vice president of finance and strategy, chief financial officer and chief strategy officer. She was promoted in 2011, becoming president, and in 2012, she assumed the CEO role. Prior to joining Froedtert Health, Jacobson spent 22 years at Rush University Medical Center in Chicago in various leadership roles.
Prising noted that addressing the COVID-19 pandemic while increasing efforts to make our workplaces and our community more diverse, equitable and inclusive, will be continuing challenges.
“We are excited to announce Cathy as Chair-elect of the MMAC and warmly welcome her deep knowledge acquired from such broad engagement in so many important aspects of our community. Her proven expertise in driving results together with her strategic prowess means she is the right leader to accelerate our progress especially around becoming a Region of Choice,” Prising said. “I look forward to the unique perspective and strong leadership I know that Cathy will bring at such an important time for the region.”
“As a business community, we welcome Cathy as our next Chair,” said MMAC President Tim Sheehy. “The qualities that make her such an effective leader, both at Froedtert Health and as a member of our Board of Directors, will help drive our initiatives to grow a globally competitive region that is prosperous for all our citizens.”
A national leader in the health care industry, Jacobson served as the voluntary national Chair of the Healthcare Financial Management Association during the 2009-10 term. Her other board appointments include Vizient, Teladoc Health and the Greater Milwaukee Committee. She is also a past chair of the board of the Wisconsin Hospital Association and is currently serving on the board.
MMAC will announce details of this fall’s All Member Meeting later this year.
Additionally, MMAC welcomes the following new members of its Board of Directors: