Deputy Gov. Munger named acting DCEO director

Gov. Bruce Rauner has tapped Deputy Gov. Leslie Munger to lead the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity (DCEO) on an interim basis.  

Munger's first day on the job was Sept. 24.

Rauner made the announcement at a press conference with on Sept. 21, noting that she has a strong network with the state's business leaders and a deep understanding of development plans important to Illinois. 

“Leslie has more than two decades of private-sector experience, has connections with top business leaders, and is familiar with our pending economic development projects,” Rauner said.

Deputy Gov. Leslie Munger  

 “In addition, she’s our point person on the Amazon HQ2 bid and leads the Bicentennial effort. She is the clear choice to take on this interim role. 

 The announcement comes as former director Sean McCarthy transitions to the private sector. 

“Director McCarthy has built a great team,” Munger said, in accepting the new post. “I look forward to continuing to work with our partners at Intersect Illinois and with leaders in business, technology and education throughout the state to build our businesses and create jobs for Illinois.”  

“Sean is a tremendously capable manager whose leadership has helped to re-energize our state’s business development efforts,” the governor explained at the press briefing. “He was instrumental in helping Illinois attract companies such as Flex-N-Gate, Buddig, Faber-Castell and Haribo's North American Headquarters. He’s been a difference-maker for minority entrepreneurs and small businesses, and he has been an outspoken champion of transparency.”  

Munger, who grew up in Illinois, was appointed deputy governor in February 2017. She previously served as the state comptroller.  

She’s played a critical role in the governor’s business development project, the Discovery Partners Institute. The institute’s goal is to foster working relationships between businesses and state research universities.  

Munger obtained her bachelor’s degree at the University of Illinois. She earned her master’s degree at the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University. She’s worked for major corporations, including Proctor & Gamble, Helene Curtis/Unilever, and Mckinsey and Co.  


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