Former Thomson President & CEO Richard J. Harrington Appointed Chairman
Former Reuters Media Managing Director Monique Villa Appointed CEO
NEW YORK, April 28 /CNW/ -- Thomson Reuters (NYSE: TRI; TSX: TRI; LSE:
TRIL: Nasdaq: TRIN), the world's leading source of intelligent information for
businesses and professionals, today announced the new leadership team for its
foundation. With the approval of the foundation's trustees, Richard J.
Harrington, former Thomson president and chief executive officer, has been
appointed foundation chairman. Monique Villa, former managing director at
Reuters Media, has been appointed chief executive officer of the foundation.
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Thomas H. Glocer, chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters, said, "I am
truly delighted that Dick Harrington and Monique Villa have accepted these
roles. Together they will bring a huge amount of expertise, creativity,
experience and ideas to the foundation. The foundation underpins Thomson
Reuters business strategy with a central commitment to the communities in
which we do business."
"In building on the heritage of three decades of the Reuters Foundation,
and by leveraging the broader assets and capabilities of our enlarged global
business, Dick and Monique will be able to drive the work of the foundation
forward, expanding its influence and work across the globe."
Mr. Harrington added, "I'm honored to continue my tenure with Thomson
Reuters in this capacity and thank Geert Linnebank for his vision and
leadership as previous chairman of the foundation. During my tenure at
Thomson, we developed an outstanding track record for making a difference in
the communities in which we operate. I am confident we can uphold that
tradition while supporting the historic priorities of the foundation."
Ms. Villa said, "I am hugely excited by the opportunity to help lead and
develop the foundation, to extend its global reach and impact, and utilize the
tremendous skills and expertise within Thomson Reuters. Through various
supported initiatives, the foundation will provide knowledge, information and
support to diverse communities in which we operate, giving them the means and
a voice with which to make a difference."
Reuters Foundation runs four core programs: journalism training, Reuters
AlertNet (www.alertnet.org), the inception and creation of Aswat al Iraq
(www.aswataliraq.info) and part-funding of the Reuters Institute for the Study
of Journalism at the University of Oxford. It is expected to continue to run
these programs while expanding to take on more initiatives to reflect the
expertise, global community and strategic business goals of Thomson Reuters.
The foundation's strategic and operational goals are overseen by its
board of trustees, which in addition to Mr. Harrington includes Geert
Linnebank, the former chairman; David Craig, Thomson Reuters chief strategy
officer, who oversees management of the foundation's activities; David
Schlesinger, Thomson Reuters editor in chief; as well as independent directors
Lawton Fitt, Kenneth Olisa and Sir Crispin Tickell.
Reuters Foundation is registered as a charity in England and Wales, UK,
registered number 1082139. Established in November 1982, the trustees
determined that the priorities of the charity were to be the advancement of
education, humanitarian aid and the environment. Reuters Foundation
Consultants Limited is a wholly owned subsidiary of the above company. Reuters
Foundation is the sole member of Reuters Foundation Inc., a New York
not-for-profit corporation which holds 501c3 status.
Community Engagement at Thomson Reuters
Working in partnership with community organizations and charities, the
people at Thomson Reuters provide valuable support by sharing time, expertise,
skills and resources, while also building their own skills and awareness of
social issues. Thomson Reuters is committed to using its specialized
knowledge, information, technology and resources to develop robust programs
that help individuals, families and communities reach their full potential.
Thomson Reuters staff have developed many exciting programs to share skills -
some outstanding examples from the last 12 months are published at:
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About Richard Harrington
Prior to his appointment as Chairman of the foundation, Mr. Harrington
was president and chief executive officer of The Thomson Corporation. During
his 10 years as CEO, Mr. Harrington led the transformation of Thomson from a
diverse holding company with interests in publishing into an integrated
operating company to a leading global provider of electronic information,
software and services to business and professional customers. Under his
direction, Thomson's market value more than tripled and the company became a
celebrated case study in how a large business can adapt quickly and repeatedly
to take advantage of changing markets.
Prior to becoming CEO of The Thomson Corporation, Mr. Harrington held a
number of senior leadership positions within the company, including CEO of
Thomson Newspapers, and CEO of Thomson Professional Publishing.
Mr. Harrington serves on the boards of directors of Xerox Corporation
(NYSE: XRX) and the Norwalk Community College Foundation. He also sits on
advisory boards associated with the William F. Achtmeyer Center for Global
Leadership at Dartmouth's Tuck Business School, the College of Business
Administration at the University of Rhode Island (URI) and the President's
Council at URI.
He has received many honors during his career. In 2007, he received the
"Legend in Leadership" award from the Yale University Chief Executive
Leadership Institute; the "CEO of the Year" award from the Executive Council,
and the "Man of the Year" award from the National Executive Council for his
many philanthropic activities.
About Monique Villa
Monique Villa was formerly managing director of Reuters Media. She is a
business leader with broad international media industry experience and a
strong record of success in launching high profile initiatives and growing
revenues. Ms. Villa is also chairman of Action Images, a specialist sports
photography agency acquired by Reuters in September 2005.
Ms. Villa joined Reuters in 2000 and has since then been managing the
picture and text news business for the Reuters News Agency. Ms. Villa has been
instrumental in transforming the picture business and negotiated important
deals for Media and Editorial, including the recent partnership with the
International Herald Tribune to jointly produce their print and online
Prior to joining Reuters, Ms. Villa was with Agence France Presse (AFP)
where she held a number of senior journalistic and management positions. As a
correspondent with AFP she reported for a number of years from Paris and Rome,
became deputy head of its political news service, then Bureau Chief for UK and
Ireland, based in London. In 1996, she became director of strategy and
business development at the headquarters in Paris, with responsibility for
AFP's major partnerships worldwide.
Ms. Villa studied Law and Political Science and has a Diploma from the
Paris Centre de Formation Des Journalistes.
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