Thomson Named New Primary Corporate Partner of Canadian PGA Tour Star
TORONTO, and STAMFORD, CT, Dec. 17 /CNW/ - The Thomson Corporation (NYSE:
TOC; TSX: TOC), a leading provider of information solutions to business and
professional customers worldwide, today announced that it will be the primary
corporate partner to Mike Weir, one of the greatest Canadian professional
golfers. The five-year sponsorship agreement begins in January 2008 and will
see Mr. Weir wearing the Thomson logo on the front of his hat as he competes
on the PGA Tour and around the world. Financial terms of the sponsorship were
Thomson's new relationship with Mr. Weir represents the company's first
major foray into the athletic sponsorship arena.
"As an industry leader, we are extremely proud to be aligning our brand
with one of the major stars of the golfing world. Like Mike, Thomson has a
reputation for being a quiet achiever, building success upon success," said
Richard J. Harrington, Thomson President and Chief Executive Officer. "Mike is
known for his keen preparation and flawless execution, qualities that our
employees aspire to each day and which are fully engrained in the Thomson
culture. And golf is a sport that truly resonates with our business and
professional customers. We see tremendous potential in joining Team Weir."
"I am thrilled to be sponsored by Thomson, a company that I have a great
deal of respect for, and one that represents exactly what I believe in: hard
work, the development of talent and the ability to consistently deliver high
performance," said Mr. Weir, the first male Canadian to win a major golf
championship. "I am looking forward to sharing many future successes, in golf
and in business, with The Thomson Corporation. At the same time, I am thankful
to Bell Canada for their belief in me over the past 14 years. They were an
important part of my success on the PGA Tour and I appreciate their support."
While Thomson and Weir both represent strong Canadian brands, both made
great strides this year to extend their international presence. With events in
Hong Kong, China, Thailand and the United Kingdom, Mr. Weir played the most
international tournaments of his PGA Tour career in 2007. Earlier this year,
Thomson announced its intention to acquire the global news and financial data
company Reuters, in a move that will significantly increase its global
With the closure of the Reuters acquisition in 2008, Mr. Weir will wear
the new Thomson Reuters logo on his cap.
"I am always very proud to represent Canada wherever I play, and it will
be an honor to also represent an esteemed Canadian company like Thomson," said
Mr. Weir. "After a strong finish this past season, I was already quite excited
about 2008, and this new relationship with Thomson makes me even more so."
Mr. Weir enjoyed a resurgence on the PGA Tour in 2007 capturing his 8th
career victory in October at the Fry's Electronics Open tying him with the
late George Knudson for most PGA Tour victories by a Canadian. Mr. Weir's win
came just three weeks after he thrilled Canadian fans with an impressive
showing at the Presidents Cup in Montreal where he defeated the world's
top-ranked player, Tiger Woods, in a final-day match-up.
The Thomson Corporation
The Thomson Corporation (www.thomson.com) is a global leader in providing
essential electronic workflow solutions to business and professional
customers. With operational headquarters in Stamford, Conn., Thomson provides
value-added information, software tools and applications to professionals in
the fields of law, tax, accounting, financial services, scientific research
and healthcare. The Corporation's common shares are listed on the New York and
Toronto stock exchanges (NYSE: TOC; TSX: TOC).
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For further information:
For further information: Media Contact (Thomson): Fred Hawrysh, Global
Director, External Communications, (203) 539-8314, firstname.lastname@example.org;
Media Contact (Mike Weir): Dave Haggith, Director, Communications, (416)
960-5312 ext. 120, email@example.com