President & CEO, Illinois Biotechnology Innovation Organization (iBIO) & iBIO Institute
Warren Ribley is President & CEO, Illinois Biotechnology Industry Organization (iBIO) and its affiliate, iBIO Institute. Prior to this position, he served as Executive Director of the Illinois Medical District and prior to that, was named Director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity by Governor Pat Quinn. Ribley served as DCEO’s Director of Operations for six years prior where he oversaw the Department’s 12 administrative offices and 12 program bureaus. In this role, he helped the state of Illinois add more new jobs than any Midwestern state since 2004; facilitated the development of more than 585 new business projects in Illinois and was a key player in the campaign to bring FutureGen, the “clean-coal plant of tomorrow” to Mattoon.
Ribley began working in state government in 1979, serving for twelve years in the Office of the Illinois Senate President. He joined the Office of the State Treasurer in 1991 and became the Director of Banking in 1993 under now-Governor Quinn, managing relationships between the State of Illinois and over 500 financial institutions. He has 21 years of professional experience in state government and eight years in the private sector, focusing on financial services. Originally from Olney, he has lived in Springfield with his family for nearly 30 years.