Mr. FitzSimons has served as Chairman of the Chicago-based Robert R. McCormick Foundation, a charitable organization with extensive assets since 2004. Prior to that, Mr. FitzSimons was the Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Company from 2003 to 2007 and Chairman from 2004 to 2007, stepping down upon completing the sale of the company. Mr. FitzSimons began his 25-year career at Tribune in 1982, spending his first 17 years in the broadcast division in positions of increasing responsibility, including General Manager of WGN-TV, Chicago, and President and Chief Executive Officer of Tribune Broadcasting. He was appointed Executive Vice President of Tribune Company in January 2000, with responsibility for the company’s broadcasting, publishing and digital groups, as well as the Chicago Cubs. He was elected to the Tribune Company Board of Directors in 2000 and named President and Chief Operating Officer in July 2001 before becoming Chairman and CEO in January 2003. He started his media career at Grey Advertising in New York.
FitzSimons has served as a director of Media General, a publicly-traded Richmond, Virginia-based diversified media company with interests in television and digital media from June 2009 to January 2016, chairing the Compensation Committee. He also has served as a director of Time Inc. since its spin-off from Time Warner in June 2014.
He is a Trustee of both Northwestern University and Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry. Mr. FitzSimons chaired the Media Security and Reliability Council for the U.S. Federal Communications Commission from 2002 to 2004 and served as a Director of The Associated Press from 2004 to 2007.more » « less