Musician Judson Green is an accomplished jazz pianist who has studied, composed and performed since childhood. Judson uses jazz as a platform to entertain and teach lessons on leadership and creativity. Judson and his wife, Joyce, deeply value the performing arts. In 2006, the Judson and Joyce Green Center for The Performing Arts at DePauw University was established. Since 2009, they have sponsored Yo-Yo Ma as the Creative Consultant of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra.
Born in Quincy, Illinois, Judson started piano at the age of 4 and aspired and trained through his college years to become a professional musician. He holds a degree in Economics from DePauw University and an MBA from the University of Chicago Booth School of Business.
His professional career includes nearly 20 years with The Walt Disney Company. He served for almost 10 years as President of Walt Disney Theme Parks and Resorts. Prior to that, Judson served as the Chief Financial Officer of The Walt Disney Company.
Most recently, Judson Green was the President and Chief Executive Officer of NAVTEQ Corporation, a NYSE company. He served in this capacity beginning in 2000 leading NAVTEQ through a successful IPO in 2004 and its ultimate sale to Nokia in 2008.
Judson has served on the corporate boards of DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc., Harley-Davidson, Inc., Aon Corporation and Alticor Corporation, and on numerous nonprofit boards including Conservation International, the Lyric Opera of Chicago and The Field Museum of Chicago. He serves as a trustee of the DePauw University Board of Trustees and is a past Chairman.