Julian Posada was announced president of the Chicago Fire on September 16, 2010. Posada oversees the Fire’s day-to-day operations as its top business executive and leads the strategic planning and overall management of the club and stadium operations.
Most recently, Posada served as Founder and President of Café Media, a multimedia company that targets second and third generation Hispanics through a combination of print, event, electronic and web platforms in Chicago as well as New York, Los Angeles and Miami. Prior to Café Media, Posada served as General Manager for Hoy, Chicago's only Spanish Daily Newspaper (Tribune owned and operated). Posada was responsible for the day-to-day activities of Hoy Chicago including editorial, sales, finance, marketing, circulation and production. In addition to launching Hoy Chicago, he was also part of the team that launched Hoy Los Angeles.
Posada has held senior level positions at Citibank in Colombia SA; he was a Principal at the J.C. Williams Consulting group; and he served as Director of Business Development at Querico.com as part of Ethnicgrocer.com.
Posada currently serves on numerous non-profit boards, including the Academy for Urban School Leadership, The Taproot Foundation, Public Allies, The Metropolitan Chicago YMCA and as a Trustee of National Louis University among various other boards and committees within the Hispanic community.
Additionally, he has received several awards and recognitions for his business achievements and community service. He served as a McCormick Tribune Media Fellow (2006), was a winner of Presstime's 20 under 40 (2007) and was selected by Chicago United as a Business Leader of Color (2007). Recently he was selected as a recipient of the Cook County State's Attorney's 2008 Arnold Mireles Community Empowerment Award and in 2009 he received the NSHMBA Brilante Award, as well as the 2010 Exito Award from HACE.
He earned an MBA from the J.L. Kellogg Graduate School of Management and a B.S. in Food Systems, Economics and Management from Michigan State University.
Posada lives in Chicago with his wife Gina and their two boys.