Pollet is an international trade expert with broad business experience across
both the public and private sectors. In his new post, he will lead the state's
economic development arm and implement Quinn's vision to create jobs, double
exports and expand the state's global economy. Pollet succeeds David Vaught, who
is retiring from full-time employment with the state.
"I am pleased to
announce the appointment of Adam Pollet to lead the state's commerce department
and bolster the Illinois economy in the global marketplace," Quinn said. "I also
want to thank my longtime friend and adviser David Vaught for his service to the
state. During the past four years as head of the budget office and DCEO, Vaught
has worked tirelessly to lay the foundation for fiscal stability and economic
growth in our state."
Pollet, 34, was most recently deputy director for the Illinois Office of
Trade and Investment within DCEO, where he led the state's export and foreign
direct investment activities.
Before joining the state office in 2011, Pollet worked in the Chicago office
of the management consulting firm McKinsey & Co., where he served client
companies in the firm's strategy and operations practices. While at McKinsey,
Pollet concentrated on the energy, transport, logistics and automotive sectors.
A graduate of Harvard Law School, Pollet previously worked for the United
Nations, focusing on trade facilitation, poverty reduction and environmental
protection initiatives. At the U.N., he implemented a World Bank-funded project
to promote trade and increase government revenue in Afghanistan and also oversaw
large-scale infrastructure projects in that country.
Pollet earned his undergraduate degree at Stanford University, where he
studied international relations.
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Vaught, 65, has served as a top aide to Quinn since 2009. He was
director of the governor's Office of Management and Budget for three
years and most recently was director of DCEO. In the 1990s when
Quinn was state treasurer, Vaught also served in that office.
Prior to his state service, Vaught was managing director for
Mitchell Vaught & Taylor Inc. investment advisers.
Vaught is a graduate of the Southern Illinois University School
of Law and the U.S. Military Academy at West Point, where he studied
engineering. He also served in the U.S. Army's 82nd Airborne
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