Jim began his career as a journalist and rose through the ranks at Thomson Newspapers to become responsible for operations in North America. He then led a number of professional publishing businesses serving the legal, regulatory and academic markets. He served as global head of Human Resources before becoming Chief Operating Officer of The Thomson Corporation. Following the acquisition of Reuters in 2008, Jim ran the Professional division of the combined company. He was named Chief Executive Officer in January 2012.
Jim is a member of the International Business Council of the World Economic Forum and the Board of Directors of the Brazil-U.S. Business Council. He also serves on the International Advisory Boards of British American Business and the Atlantic Council.