Charles Brown, Class of 1978

Currently the chief general counsel of Fitch Ratings, Charlie was born in Hawaii, where his father was a sergeant in the U.S. Army. But his parents moved to Staten Island shortly after and Charlie was raised in Concord. He graduated from St. Sylvester’s before entering Farrell in the fall of 1974.

While at Farrell Charlie was a class vice president, was active in various clubs and intramurals and won an NEDT letter. He also worked part-time at the old Finast supermarket in Old Town, rooted for the Jets and Yankees earned a reputation as a person with an encyclopedic memory who loved a good laugh with his friends and listening to Fleetwood Mac.

He graduated from Farrell in 1978 and went on to Fordham University where he graduated at the top of his class with a BS summa cum laude in economics and finance. While there he was involved in a number of volunteer groups and was a scoutmaster for a troop of disadvantaged boys. He went to receive his JD cum laude at Fordham School of Law.

He entered the business world shortly after graduation, and eventually became a vice president and assistant general counsel and chairman of the strategic planning council of Beneficial Corporation. While there he was responsible for corporate and securities law matters as well as strategic planning efforts for Beneficial and its subsidiaries.

He joined Fitch – considered one of the “Big 3” of credit rating agencies — in 1998. Today he is responsible for worldwide legal affairs for Fitch Ratings as well as management of the legal department.

He is a member of the Board of Directors at the Mercy Center, a community center for women and their families in the South Bronx. He also coached his daughter’s youth basketball and soccer teams.

A loyal alumnus of Farrell, he has been a generous contributor to the school’s various fund-raising campaigns over the years.

He lives with his wife Daria Pizzetta on Manhattan’s Upper West Side with their daughters Stephanie and Charlotte.

He still loves to read, travel with his family (especially to Europe) and root for the Fordham Rams, Alabama and, not surprisingly the Farrell Lions.