John Fitzgibbons was elected chair of the Research Foundation board of directors on April 12, 2013.
Mr. Fitzgibbons has been an active participant in global energy markets since the early 1990’s. Today, companies founded by him employ over 20,000 people across more than a dozen developed and emerging markets. His philanthropic interests have focused on research in education and healthcare, where he has provided leadership to several impactful non-profit US institutions. His public policy interests have focused on energy and international affairs.
Mr. Fitzgibbons founded and is chairman and CEO of Basin Holdings comprising, a group of companies active in the manufacturing and distribution of specialized oilfield equipment to global customers. He is a founder and chairman of the following four companies: Integra Group (LSE:INTE) an oilfield services company active in Russia; Brookline Real Estate Partners a real estate development company active in the US; Global Guardian LLC a global security firm active in 20 emerging markets; and Hudson Valley Harvest an agricultural distribution company active in New York State. Mr. Fitzgibbons is also a co-founder and director of Deerpath Capital a New York based investment fund providing loans to small and mid-sized US companies. Through J. Fitzgibbons LLC, Mr. Fitzgibbons manages a wide variety of investments.
Mr. Fitzgibbons is a co-chairman of the Cancer Research Institute, a non-profit organization dedicated to the global development of new immune-based cancer treatments. He is a Trustee of Milton Academy, an independent secondary school in Massachusetts. He is also a member of the Council on Foreign Relations in New York.
Mr. Fitzgibbons attended Harvard College, graduating cum laude with a BA degree in Government. Following graduation, he worked briefly as an Economic Advisor to the Russian Vice Prime Minister in Moscow, Russia