Senior Executives

Frank H. Beal, Executive Director

Frank H. Beal is executive director of Metropolis Strategies, formerly Chicago Metropolis 2020. Beal previously served as president of Ryerson International Inc., an operating unit of the former Inland Steel Industries.

Beal had worked at Inland Steel Industries since 1981 serving in many different capacities. Previously, he was president and chief executive officer of Ryerson/West, a metals distribution company owned by Inland Steel Industries. He also was general manager of corporate planning and development for Inland Steel Industries; general manager of purchasing for Inland Steel Company; and COO and general manager of raw materials for Inland Steel Coal Company.

Prior to joining Inland Steel Industries, Beal was director of the Illinois Department of Energy and Natural Resources. He also was a special assistant for energy and environmental affairs for Governor James Thompson. Previously, under Governor Richard Ogilvie, Beal served as the state’s first deputy director of the Institute for Environmental Quality, which conducts research on energy, natural resources and environmental issues for the state.

Beal serves on the board of Business and Professional People for the Public Interest (BPI) and was appointed by Mayor Daley to serve on the board of the Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning (CMAP). Mr. Beal also serves on the World Business Chicago Steering Committee, charged with implementing the Mayor’s, “Plan for Economic Growth and Jobs”. He chairs the WBC’s Transportation and Logistic Strategy Team. As a member of the American Planning Association, he has edited and published several books, articles and research reports on urban affairs and land use planning as well as given numerous speeches nationally on those topics.

Beal graduated from the University of Illinois with a master’s degree in urban planning in 1965. He also received a bachelor’s degree in engineering from Antioch College.

Senior Executive Biographical Information:


» Donald G. Lubin, Chairman

» George A. Ranney, President and CEO

» Frank H. Beal, Executive Director

» Emily J. Harris, Vice President

» James C. LaBelle, Vice President

» Adele S. Simmons, Ph.D., Vice Chair and Senior Executive

» Paula Wolff, Ph.D., Senior Executive