After serving with the U.S. Army in Korea, Mr. Sullivan completed his Bachelor’s Degree from Columbia University in 1955 and his Master’s Degree in Business Administration from the University of Chicago two years later.
Joining Chase Manhattan Bank in 1957, he rose to become Executive Vice President and member of the Management Committee during the course of his 23 years with the bank. From 1980 to 1991, he served as Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of First Chicago Corporation, the holding company for several banking firms including The First National Bank of Chicago, American National Corporation and FCC Bank.
Mr. Sullivan returned to his native New York in 1992 to join the public sector as Deputy Mayor for Finance and Economic Development. In this capacity, he was responsible for formulating and implementing the City’s strategies for business, industrial and commercial development, and was instrumental in arranging mayoral foreign trade missions to Europe and Japan.
From City Hall, in 1994, Mr. Sullivan moved on to become President and CEO of the New York City Partnership and the New York Chamber of Commerce, serving as chief spokesman for that influential group of business, academic, cultural and civic leaders. Then he joined the City’s Board of Education as Chief Operating Officer for the nation’s largest public school system.
Barry F. Sullivan joined Sithe Energies as Vice Chairman in November 1995 after highly successful careers in the fields of commercial banking, economic development and public service. Sithe Energies, a leading international independent power producer and developer, is the sixth largest unregulated generation company in the world, with over 28,000 gross MW in operation, under construction or in advanced development.
Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Board of Directors of the Guardian Life Insurance Company of America, serving as Chairman of its Human Resources Committee. He was also on the Board of Directors of the Merrill Lynch International Bank and serves as Chairman of its Audit Committee. Mr. Sullivan was the founding Chairman of the Board of Directors of the LIATI Group, a boutique investment banking firm specializing in customized financial advisory services to select corporate and government clients. He was also a Director of the Upper Manhattan Empowerment Zone Development Corporation, the Association for a Better New York, and was a life trustee of the University of Chicago, of which he had been Chairman of the Board for four years.
In addition, Mr. Sullivan was a member of the Finance Council of the Archdiocese of New York, and served on the boards of St. Joseph’s Seminary and St. Agnes Hospital.