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Deborah A. Golden is Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of GATX Corporation, a transportation company and world leader in railcar leasing. Ms. Golden is responsible for legal affairs, compliance, regulatory, and internal audit at GATX. Additionally, she is actively engaged in developing and implementing all strategic initiatives, including global mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures and other key business activities.
Ms. Golden has overseen critical international business development initiatives in India and other emerging markets. She led a team creating the first railcar leasing program in India and successfully negotiated rail joint ventures in other international markets. Ms. Golden also oversees all rail acquisitions, led a $1.3 billion divestiture of the company’s aircraft leasing business, and was instrumental in securing the largest railcar supply agreement in the company’s 117 year history. Ms. Golden is expert in regulatory policy, enterprise risk management and global legal and human resource issues. She has extensive experience in public policy and legislative affairs both at the local and national level and is actively engaged in current rail regulatory matters.
Ms. Golden is on the board of Midland States Bancorp, Inc. (NASDAQ:MSBI), a community-based financial holding company, with assets of approximately $3 billion. She sits on the Compensation and Governance Committees. Ms. Golden also represents GATX on the board of Rolls-Royce & Partners Finance LLC, the global leader in spare aircraft engine leasing. Headquartered in the UK, RRPF leases to over 40 airlines in 22 countries.
Prior to joining GATX Corporation, Ms. Golden had a wealth of experience in highly regulated industries serving as Vice President and General Counsel of Midwest Generation LLC, a power generation company, and Assistant General Counsel for Ameritech Corporation and then SBC Communications, Inc. As such, she was engaged in public policy as well as regulatory and legal matters. Ms. Golden also served in the public sector as Deputy General Counsel for the State of Illinois, Office of the Governor. Her legal career began at Schiff Hardin & Waite, Chicago, Illinois, where she was a partner.
Ms. Golden is engaged in numerous professional and civic organizations, including prior service on the board of The Chicago Network and currently on the boards of the Illinois Equal Justice Foundation and Women Employed. She is a member of The Economic Club of Chicago, past Chair of the Board of Governors of Loyola University School of Law and the Senior Leadership Council of Loyola Graduate School of Business. She is a frequent panelist and speaker on a variety of issues including international business expansion, corporate governance and regulatory and legal matters.
Ms. Golden holds a JD from Loyola University School of Law, an MBA from Loyola University of Chicago (summa cum laude, Beta Gamma Sigma) and a BA from Boston College (summa cum laude, Phi Beta Kappa).
Ms. Golden resides in Chicago.