Library Honoring Lawrence R. Ricciardi

By Jenny Berkley and Alexandra Codraro

Lawrence Ricciardi

On March 1, Greenwich Library will present its Peterson Business Award to Greenwich resident Lawrence R. Ricciardi. This biennial award recognizes an individual whose “innovative thinking, leadership, and sustained record of achievement has had a profound impact on the national and global economy, and whose words and deeds have demonstrated a commitment to intellectual freedom and open access to information.”

Mr. Ricciardi’s distinguished career, intellectual curiosity, and deep commitment to community make him an ideal recipient of this prestigious award.  He began his career as a New York attorney before serving as counsel for the Overseas Private Investment Corporation and the U.S. State Department’s Agency for International Development. He next spent 16 years at American Express before moving on to RJR Nabisco where he served as President before joining IBM. Mr. Ricciardi retired from IBM in 2002 after serving as general counsel, senior vice president, chief financial officer, and advisor to the chairman.

Mr. Ricciardi currently serves as a Senior Advisor to IBM, Jones Day, and Lazard Frères & Co. He is also president of the Morgan Library & Museum Board of Trustees and a trustee of the National Humanities Center. He previously served as a director of Citigroup, Royal Dutch Shell, Reader’s Digest, and RJR Nabisco, and as a trustee of the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation and Greenwich Library.

In accepting the Peterson Award, Mr. Ricciardi will be joining a list of exemplary past honorees, including Louis Gerstner, Sanford Weill, William Harrison, Dr. Henry McKinnell, Jr., Thomas Neff, Indra Nooyi, Peter Grauer, Robert Steel, Robert Goergen, and Barry Sternlicht. The Peterson Award will be presented to Mr. Ricciardi by Richard H. Brodhead, President Emeritus of Duke University and the William Preston Few Professor of English at Duke, and former Dean of Yale College.   

The Dinner will be held at the Greenwich Hyatt Regency Hotel on Thursday, March 1, 2018 from 6:30 to 9 p.m. To purchase individual tickets or tables please go to:

Contact Nancy Klein, Greenwich Library Director of Development at or 203.622.7957 with questions.

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