Robert D. Daleo, Gabelli school of business ’72
Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, Thomson Reuters
Of all the traditions at Fordham, one that has special appeal for Robert Daleo is the University's efforts to extend financial help to students who are the first in their families to attend college.
After all, he was one of them.
“I have great memories of Fordham. It gave me everything,” says Daleo, who is now executive vice president and chief financial officer at Thomson Reuters, one of the world's leading information companies.
He joined the company in 1994, serving as senior vice president and chief financial officer for Thomson Newspapers, part of what was then Thomson Corp. Before that, he had held various financial and operations positions with McGraw-Hill and Automatic Data Processing.
In other endeavors, he attained an M.B.A. from the City University of New York and has served on the board of Thomson and the board of Equifax, a leading consumer credit reporting firm. He serves on the Fordham Board of Trustees and is a member of the executive committee of the President's Council.
A 1972 graduate of the Gabelli School of Business, he has returned to Fordham in recent years to host classroom discussions at Gabelli School as part of the Executive in Residence program, an initiative of the President's Council. In returning to the classroom, he has tapped into the joys of his undergraduate years of Fordham.
“In each one of us who was a student at Fordham beats the heart of a professor,” he says. “I wanted to share my knowledge about business and how business transforms itself with students. I enjoyed interacting with the students and, though it's been some time since I was a student, I don't feel too far removed from it. It was a great, rewarding experience.”
Many of Daleo's colleagues and fellow alumni are also first-generation college graduates, and the needs of such students are important to him. But he is also focused on the many other needs at Fordham, such as better facilities.
“We need to improve the quality of life for our students on and off campus,” he says.
He is married with one son, and lives in Alpine, N.J. He has made a number of gifts to the University, including one to establish the Paul Daleo Memorial Endowed Scholarship in loving memory of his late brother, who was a 1968 Fordham graduate.
Fordham gave him a superb academic education, along with an education in morality and character—“an important thing for a chief financial officer to have,” he says. “Fordham also taught me the value of individuals, and that's made me a better leader and manager.”