Prominent Chicago business and civic leader James Tyree, the chief executive officer of Mesirow Financial Holdings Inc., died at the age of 53 Wednesday from complications related to an ongoing battle with stomach cancer.

Mr. Tyree spent his entire professional career at Mesirow, joining the firm in 1980 as a research associate. He worked his way through the ranks, taking over as president in 1990 and then moving into the CEO role in 1992. He also became chairman of the firm in 1994.

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