Lisa Ciota is a strategic and financial communications professional with significant experience enhancing and protecting a company’s reputation and value. Currently, Ciota is a Director on the Board of the DuPage Symphony Orchestra. She also serves on the communications and steering committees for the Chicago Architecture Center where she leads youth-focused educational tours.
Ciota was president of Lead-IR Advisors, Inc. from 2016 through 2020. Previously, Ciota headed
the investor and corporate relations functions at SunCoke Energy, Inc., which was ranked as
among the best such programs by Institutional Investor Magazine. Between 1992 – 2010, Ciota
was with McDonald’s Corporation, where she held progressively more responsible positions,
eventually becoming director, investor relations.
Ciota served on the Chicago Chapter board of the National Investor Relations Institute from
2005 through 2020. During this time, she held a variety of leadership roles including chairman,
president, executive vice president and vice president-programming.
Ciota has received local and national recognition for her work at both SunCoke and McDonald’s
and is a two-time recipient of the National Investor Relations Institute’s national leadership
award. Ciota holds an MBA from Northern Illinois University and a B.S. in finance from the
University of Illinois.