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Mesirow Ben Blakney Thomas Hynes Garry Cohen

Mesirow Names Three New Internal Directors

Financial services firm Mesirow appointed three new internal directors to its board of directors. Joining the board effective immediately are: Ben Blakney, president, Mesirow Institutional Real Estate Direct Investments; Thomas F. Hynes, senior managing director, Global Investment Management Distribution; and Garry W. Cohen, senior managing director, Mesirow Sale-Leaseback Capital.  

“Ben, Garry, and Tom bring deep insight into Mesirow’s clients and capabilities, value our eight-decade commitment to corporate social responsibility and possess the independent judgment to make an immediate contribution to our Board,” said CEO Richard S. Price. “As we seek new ways to deliver value to our clients and strategic partners, I believe the outlook for Mesirow has never been stronger.” 

The addition of Blakney, Hynes and Cohen follows last month’s appointment of Larry D. Richman as Mesirow’s first outside director. Richman brings experience spanning a successful 40-year career in C-suite roles at LaSalle Bank, The PrivateBank and CIBC. 

Pictured, from left: Blakney, Hynes and Cohen.

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