May 17, 2007

The Chicago Transit Board today approved the appointment of Karen Rowan as General Counsel.

As General Counsel, Ms. Rowan will manage and direct the activities of the General Attorney Division related to contracts or agreements to be entered into by the CTA, provide legal counsel to the Chairman and President, and meet with officials from local and state governmental agencies involving matters and legislation affecting the CTA.

"I am very pleased that Karen has agreed to come to CTA," said Transit Board Chairman Carole Brown. "Karen's management experience running a law department and her skills in building constructive labor relations will be invaluable as CTA seeks additional ways to improve service and efficiency."

?The Chicago Transit Authority is fortunate to have an attorney of Ms. Rowan's experience, skills and judgment lead its law department," said CTA President Ron Huberman. 'she is an accomplished professional who will be a valuable member of the CTA team."

?The CTA provides services that are so important to the daily lives of many people," said Rowan. "I am honored to have been selected as CTA General Counsel and I look forward to working with the Board and the President as they work to provide outstanding CTA service."

As a former General Counsel to the Superintendent of the Chicago Police Department, Ms. Rowan has extensive experience providing legal and strategic counsel on major policy, operational, contractual, disciplinary, labor and legislative matters.

Ms. Rowan also served as a police officer in the Chicago Police Department for 21 years, achieving the level of Lieutenant before becoming General Counsel.

She earned her law degree from Loyola University, School of Law in Chicago. She holds a bachelor of arts from the National College of Education in Evanston.

Starting date for the position is May 21, 2007.

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