Niall FitzGerald KBE was, until the end of May 2011, the Deputy Chairman of Thomson Reuters, following the creation of the new company in April 2008. Prior to this, he was the Chairman of Reuters from October 2004, having spent over thirty years with Unilever in a variety of commercial and financial jobs in several countries.
Mr. FitzGerald joined the boards of Unilever PLC and Unilever NV in 1987 and ultimately served as Chairman and CEO from 1996 to 2004. During his Unilever career, he worked and lived in Ireland, the Netherlands, South Africa, the U.S.A. and the U.K.
In November 2008 Niall FitzGerald was appointed Chairman of Hakluyt & Co. and in 2006 he was appointed Chairman of the Board of Trustees of the British Museum. Mr. FitzGerald is a member of the Foundation Board of the World Economic Forum and also a Trustee of the Leverhulme Trust. He is a member of various advisory bodies, including the Advisory Board of Spencer Stuart. He is Senior Advisor to Allen & Co.
Mr. FitzGerald has been Co-chair of the Investment Climate Facility for Africa (2006-2010), Chairman of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Trust (U.K.) (2004-2008), the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum (2006-2008) and of The Conference Board (2003-2005), and Co-chairman of the Transatlantic Business Dialogue (TABD) (2004-205). He has been Non-Executive Director of Merck (2000-2003), Ericsson (2000-2002), Bank of Ireland (1990-1999) and the Prudential Corporation (1992-1999). He has been President of the Advertising Association (2000-2005).
He has also been a member of South Africa’s International Investment Advisory Council, a member of the International Advisory Board of the Council on Foreign Relations, a member of the Kok Commission on the Lisbon Agenda, a member of the Accounting Standards Review Committee, Chairman of the CBI Europe Committee and member of the International Policy Council for Agriculture and Trade.