FitzGerald will be receiving the 2011 Perlmutter Award for Excellence in Global Business Leadership. He will be sharing his thoughts in a talk open to the Brandeis community entitled "The Board Room and Beyond: Leading Companies and Causes." The event will take place at 3:30 p.m. in Thomas H. Lee Lecture Hall. He will also take part in a luncheon with students and a working session with Brandeis IBS faculty to explore business education's role in teaching corporate responsibility.
Niall FitzGerald was Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters until May 2011. Prior to this he served as the Chairman of Reuters. He is formerly the Chairman and CEO of Unilever, having spent over 30 years with the company in a variety of commercial and financial jobs spanning multiple countries.
FitzGerald is a pioneer in defining the role of business in society. He is the Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the British Museum. He has also been actively involved in promoting economic development and engagement in Africa, participating in international events like the World Economic Forum's annual conference in Davos, Switzerland. He was Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust (UK) and co-Chair of the Investment Climate Facility (ICF) for Africa. FitzGerald is Chairman of the International Business Council, a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and also a Trustee of the Leverhulme Trust.