Dennis J. FitzSimons

Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Tribune Media Co.

Dennis J. FitzSimons

Dennis J. FitzSimons

Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Tribune Media Co.

Career Highlights

Tribune Media Co.
Tribune Ventures
Tribune Broadcasting Company

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President at DirecTech LLC

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President & Chief Executive Officer at Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

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Former President & Chief Executive Officer at McCormick Foundation

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President at Gilead Connecticut, Inc.

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SEE Schedule at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Group Return

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Executive Chairman at Abbott Laboratories

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Former Chief Executive Officer at Illinois Tool Works, Inc.

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Founder at Reyes Holdings LLC

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SEE Schedule at Northwestern Memorial Healthcare Group Return

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Former President at General Dynamics Corporation

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Dennis J. FitzSimons
Former Chairman & Chief Executive Officer at Tribune Media Co.
BA in Political Science
Class of 1972

Fordham University is a private, nonprofit, coeducational research university based in New York City, United States. It was founded by the Catholic Diocese of New York in 1841 as St. John's College, placed in the care of the Society of Jesus shortly thereafter, and has since become an independent institution under a lay board of trustees, which describes the University as "in the Jesuit tradition." Fordham is composed of ten constituent colleges, four of which are for undergraduates and six of which are for postgraduates. It enrolls approximately 15,000 students across three campuses in New York State: Rose Hill in the Bronx, Lincoln Center in Manhattan, and Westchester in West Harrison. In addition to these campuses, the University maintains a study abroad center in the United Kingdom and field offices in Spain and South Africa. Fordham awards the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Science, and Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees, as well as various master's and doctoral degrees.


The Business Council is a voluntary association of business leaders whose members meet several times a year for the free exchange of ideas both among themselves and with thought leaders from many sectors. In its most fundamental form, the Council seeks to foster understanding through discussion. It promotes learning, best practice sharing and networking by its members with a view to making a contribution to our society, the global economy and to business generally. Since its founding more than 75 years ago, The Business Council membership has consisted of a group of current or former chief executive officers from a broad range of companies. All major industries are represented among the members of The Business Council. Because schedule demands on senior business executives are extensive, the Council provides an especially valuable opportunity to discuss major subjects in a broader ranging forum than is normally available in the course of business activities. As part of its process, the Council invites leaders in government, politics, academia, science, medicine, technology and other sectors to address the Council and to participate in its discussions. Council members hope that these discussions result in better understanding by their invited guests as well as by the members themselves. Today, the Council meets three times a year in a collegial atmosphere to share and explore ideas.As a gathering of peers from many fields, the Council is entirely an educational and deliberative forum. It never takes positions as an organization and does not advocate any policy or course of action. Individual members sometimes do present their own views in public discussions. But they do so as individuals, rather than as representatives of the Council.

Career History
Chairman & Chief Executive Officer
1982 - 2007

Tribune is one of the country’s leading multimedia companies, operating businesses in publishing, digital and broadcasting. In publishing, Tribune’s leading daily newspapers include the Los Angeles Times, Chicago Tribune, The Baltimore Sun, Sun Sentinel (South Florida), Orlando Sentinel, Hartford Courant, The Morning Call and Daily Press. The company’s broadcasting group operates 23 television stations, WGN America on national cable and Chicago’s WGN-AM. Popular news and information websites complement Tribune’s print and broadcast properties and extend the company’s nationwide audience

President & Chief Executive Officer
1982 - Prior

Tribune invests with the objective to strengthen their existing businesses of newspaper publishing, television broadcasting or syndicated and online media. They seek to build shareholder value by working with and investing in outside companies that are developing complementary or new segments which they are not pursuing directly.Their criteria for investing include: access to technologies, content, markets or capabilities that enhance our core media businesses, entry point into a new or related market, financial return, both through ownership stake and through enhancement of their business, opportunity for Tribune to contribute to a company's success factors or reduce their risk factor, a clear path to learning, and an identifiable process to communicate that learning within Tribune, and provides a placeholder in segments of the media business that are in a developmental stage and for which the timing is not appropriate for Tribune to pursue it directly.


Viacom is a global media company, with preeminent positions in broadcast and cable television, radio, outdoor advertising, and online. With programming that appeals to audiences in every demographic category across virtually all media, the company is a leader in the creation, promotion, and distribution of entertainment, news, sports, music, and comedy. Viacom's well-known brands include CBS, MTV, Nickelodeon, Nick at Nite, VH1, BET, Paramount Pictures, Infinity Broadcasting, Viacom Outdoor, UPN, TV Land, Comedy Central, CMT: Country Music Television, King World, Spike TV, Showtime, and Simon & Schuster.

Boards & Committees
Member, Audit Committee
2017 - Prior

Nexstar Media Group, Inc. operates as a television broadcasting and digital media company. It focuses on the acquisition, development and operation of television stations and interactive community websites and digital media services in the U.S. The company provides services free over-the-air programming which includes programs produced by networks with which the stations are affiliated; programs that the stations produce; and first-run and rerun syndicated programs that the stations acquire. It also provides digital publishing and content management platforms to media publishers and advertisers. Nexstar Media Group was founded by Perry A. Sook in 1996 and is headquartered in Irving, TX.

Independent Director
2014 - 2018

Time, Inc. operates as a magazine publisher in the United States. Its brands include People, Sports Illustrated, InStyle, Time, Real Simple, Southern Living, Entertainment Weekly and Fortune. The company operates sites such as,, and Its products portfolio includes Style & Entertainment, Lifestyle, Luxury, News, Business, Sports and International. The company was founded by Henry Robinson Luce and Briton Hadden on November 28, 1922 and is headquartered in New York, NY.

Member, Board of Directors
2009 - Prior

MGOC, Inc. operates as a broadcasting television and digital media company. It provides news, information, and entertainment serving consumers and advertisers in local markets. The company was founded on March 17, 1969 and is headquartered in Richmond, VA.

Chairman, Board of Directors
2004 - Current

The Robert R. McCormick Foundation helps develop engaged citizen leaders and makes life in communities better through philanthropic.

Member, Board of Trustees

Northwestern University is a private institution founded in 1851 to serve the Northwest Territory, an area that now includes the states of Ohio, Indiana, Illinois, Michigan, Wisconsin and parts of Minnesota. In 1853 the founders purchased a 379-acre tract of land on the shore of Lake Michigan 12 miles north of Chicago. They established a campus and developed the land near it, naming the surrounding town Evanston in honor of one of the University's founders, John Evans. After completing its first building, its first building in 1855, Northwestern began classes that fall with two faculty members and 10 students. Northwestern has three campuses and a total of 12 Schools and Colleges (one of which is located in South Florida. Two campuses are located on Lake Michigan, a 240-acre campus in Evanston, the first suburb north of Chicago, and a 25-acre campus in Chicago. One campus is located in Doha, Qatar. Northwestern University combines innovative teaching and pioneering research in a highly collaborative environment that transcends traditional academic boundaries. It provides students and faculty exceptional opportunities for intellectual, personal and professional growth in a setting enhanced by the richness of Chicago.


Inspired by Joseph Cardinal Bernardin, Big Shoulders Fund was founded by a group of business and civic leaders in 1986 to provide support to Catholic schools in the neediest areas of inner-city Chicago. For more than twenty-eight years, Big Shoulders Fund has helped Chicago’s children in need achieve their dreams through access to a quality, values-based education. They accomplish this by investing more than $20 million annually in scholarship support and academic enrichment for students, operational improvements for schools, leadership development programs for the next generation of school leaders, and academic programs and professional development for teachers. Big Shoulders is unique in that administrative expenses are supported by an endowment and other income, which ensures 100 percent of funds currently raised go toward programs that benefit Big Shoulders Fund schools and the students they serve. For eleven years in a row, they have earned a four-star rating from Charity Navigator for operating efficiently and transparently, a status held by just one percent of charities. It is important to Big Shoulders Fund that all donors are informed and educated on the organization’s health and success.

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Tegna, Inc. purchases WATL-TV from Tribune Media Co.

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