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W. Ed Tyler


W. Ed Tyler
An experienced executive who has served on First Industrial Realty Trust's Board of Directors since March 2000, Ed Tyler brings a long track record in leadership and entrepreneurial positions to his role. Mr. Tyler served as Chairman of the Board of First Industrial from January 2009 to January 2016. He also served as Lead Director and Interim CEO of First Industrial from October 2008 through January 2009.

Mr. Tyler is CEO of Ideapoint Ventures, an early stage venture fund that focuses on nanotechnologies. Prior to joining Ideapoint, Mr. Tyler served as President and CEO of Moore Corporation Limited, a provider of data capture, information design, marketing services, digital communications and print solutions. During his tenure at Moore, he led a worldwide repositioning and restructuring of the company.

Earlier, Mr. Tyler worked for 24 years with R. R. Donnelley & Sons Company in Chicago, beginning his career as an electronics engineer and ultimately serving as Executive Vice President, Sector President, and Chief Technology Officer. He also was responsible for 77 Capital, an early stage venture capital subsidiary of Donnelley, where he was directly responsible for investment decisions and worked closely with the portfolio companies while participating on many of their boards.

Mr. Tyler is a director of Nanophase Technologies Corporation (NASDAQ: NANX). He is a former Chairman of the American Red Cross (Mid-America Chapter) and Campaign Chairman of the United Way of Lake County, and serves as a director for several small, private companies. Mr. Tyler is a member of the Board of Directors of Lake Forest Graduate School of Management, where he is also an adjunct faculty member.