Jude Fitzgerald is a global brand builder with a passion for business, travel, technology, the arts and the community. She is an award-winning, analytical, data-driven, integrated marketing, communications and relationship management professional specializing in marketing, communications and events to support client attraction and retention across a diverse portfolio of brands, industries and cultures. Jude is a respected leader with global B2B and B2C executive-level experience in Australia, Japan and the US. She has a demonstrated gift for forging valuable relationships with key internal and external stakeholders and partners coupled with unsurpassed professionalism and integrity.
Jude has lived and worked in Sydney, Tokyo, New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Denver, Seattle and Palm Beach. She is currently based in Chicago as Founder of JUDE FITZGERALD + which incorporates:
OUR BIG SPLASH – a one-stop profile raising shop specializing in tailored marketing, communications and events;
MY BIG SPLASH – a boutique eGallery featuring original contemporary art; and
TRAVEL RATTLE – an independent travel blog featuring what’s disruptive in the travel industry.
As part of the executive leadership teams at two Australian-headquartered global travel management companies, Jude was responsible for developing and implementing marketing and communications strategies for eight brands and their affiliated products across more than 20 offices in North America. In 2014, she received the Flight Centre Travel Group Global Corporate Marketing Award.
Prior to that, Jude spent ten years at Macquarie Group – Australia’s largest investment bank. After five years in the Corporate Communications Division in Sydney, she relocated to the US to work on a real estate development joint venture with Greg Norman aka The Great White Shark. As an Associate Director and Senior Vice President of Marketing and Communications, she led marketing and communications for Macquarie Real Estate Capital – North America and Europe.
Jude is a Director of the Australian New Zealand American Chamber of Commerce (ANZACC) Midwest and a long-standing volunteer with the U.S. Fund for UNICEF, which has saved more children than any other humanitarian organization in the world. She also played an integral role in establishing Macquarie Group Foundation's Midwest Community Advisory Committee.
She holds a Certificate in Integrated Marketing Communications (DePaul), Master of Arts in International Relations with a major in media, politics and economics (Deakin), a Bachelor of Arts, Modern Languages, Japanese with a sub-major in management (UCAN), and a Diploma in Financial Markets (FINSIA). She also received a one-year Rotary International Youth Exchange Program scholarship to Japan.