Barbara Finigan Fitzgerald

Barbara Finigan Fitzgerald

Class of 2014

Barbara Finigan is a corporate director, strategic advisor and retired C-Suite executive, with extensive corporate governance, global business and legal expertise.

Barbara’s collaborative leadership at Hasbro, Inc., a $5B publicly traded toy developer and manufacturer, supported the Company’s growth blueprint as Hasbro embraced digital innovation, intellectual property reimagination, geographic expansion and content development.  Barbara regularly advised colleagues on the Hasbro executive team and the Company’s Board of Directors on global strategies and risk across all business units.

Career History: 

Hasbro operates all over the world, with major offices in the U.S., Latin America, Asia Pacific and Europe.  As the Company’s Chief Legal Officer, she managed a department of 130 professionals globally, assumed leadership of the Corporate Social Responsibility and Ethical Sourcing functions and managed an annual budget of over $40 million.

Barbara advised on Hasbro’s global merger and acquisition activities across multiple industries. In addition, she led Hasbro’s compliance team focused on growth while maintaining an ethical supply chain and working environment. Barbara also supported the opening of new business channels including e-commerce and direct to consumer and led the Company’s Diversity and Inclusion efforts.

Barbara currently serves as a strategic advisor to Lansdowne Labs LLC, a company commercializing health care innovation created at MIT’s Langer Lab, and is a director of Boston based Norfolk & Dedham Group, a regional mutual insurance company. Barbara is a past director of the Toy Association of North America, the industry’s 1000 member trade association.

Board Experience: Barbara worked closely with the Board of Directors and all committees of  Hasbro on governance issues, including  managing public board transformation and succession planning, an adverse compensation vote, shareholder activists and merger and acquisition initiatives.

Audit Committee:   Significant SEC regulatory experience including all public disclosure activity.  Current member of Norfolk & Dedham Group Audit Committee.   Past Chair of Toy Association Audit Committee.

Nominating, Governance and Social Responsibility Committees:   Current member Norfolk & Dedham Group Governance and Compensation Committee.  Expertise in board transformation, shareholder engagement and corporate ethics.

Cyber Security and Data Privacy Committee: Created Cyber Security and Data Privacy Committee at Hasbro.  Expertise in current cyber security risk and director oversight.

Compensation Committee: Worked to successfully reverse adverse executive compensation vote by Hasbro’s shareholders. Expertise in current executive compensation approaches to attract and retain outstanding talent.

Non-Profits: Barbara Currently serves as Chair of the Board of Catholic Memorial High School and as a director of the Three Point Foundation, both in Boston, MA.