Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company Directors

The Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company Directors are experienced and eminent people from the world of politics, diplomacy, journalism, public service and business. They are selected by a Nomination Committee and proposed to the Board of the Founders Share Company for appointment. The Directors are also the Members of the Company, collectively known as the Thomson Reuters Trustees.

The number of Directors has to be at least fourteen and not more than eighteen. There are a minimum of two meetings per year. Directors receive reports on Thomson Reuters activities in the different fields in which it operates and meet with both the Thomson Reuters Board and management. Through the Chairman, regular contact is maintained with Thomson Reuters. Below is a list of the current Directors. 

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen

2001
Chairman

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen is a non-executive director of several Danish and international companies. He is a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Crisis Group and Chairman of the board of BankInvest. He is also the author of a number of books on economics and politics. He has served as Adjunct Professor at the Copenhagen Business School since 2005.

Mr. Ellemann-Jensen was a member of the Danish Parliament (1977-2001); National Chairman of Denmark's Liberal Party (1984-98); Minister for Foreign Affairs, Denmark (1982-93); President of the European Liberal Party (1995-2000); Vice-president, Liberal International (1985-2000); Editor-in-Chief of the business daily Børsen (1975-76); and a commentator on economic and political affairs in the news department of Danish television (1970-75). In 1969 he earned a Masters degree in Economics from Copenhagen University while working as a journalist, then business editor, for the daily Berlingske Aftenavis. In 1962 he was appointed 1st Lieutenant in the Royal Danish Army and served in the Danish Defence Staff 1962-65.

Mr. Ellemann-Jensen was awarded the Robert Schuman Prize in 1993 and the Hansa Prize in 1987. He received an honorary doctorate from the University of Gdansk in 2002.

Appointed a Reuters Trustee in 2001.  

Uffe Ellemann-Jensen

John McArthur

2001

John H. McArthur served on the Harvard University faculty from 1962 and was Dean of the Harvard Business School from1980 through 1995. He is currently a board member at Aileron Therapeutics, Asia Pacific Foundation of Canada, Development Gateway, Duke University Medical Center, E-Rewards Inc., Koc Holdings A.S., National Coalition for Health Care and Stemnion Inc.

He has been a director of such organizations as BCE Inc., Bell Canada, Cabot Corporation, Chase Manhattan Corporation, HCA Healthcare Corporation, GlaxoSmithKline plc, Rohm and Haas Company, Springs Industries Inc., Telsat Canada, and Teradyne Inc. He was also Trustee in Bankruptcy of Penn Central Transportation Company, a founding board member of the Canada Development Investment Corporation, and a member of the Task Force on the Future of the Canadian Financial Services Sector. For many years, he served as chair of the Brigham and Women's Hospital. Later he was founding co-chair of the Board of Trustees of Partners HealthCare System following the merger of BWH and the Massachusetts General Hospital.

He has been awarded honorary doctorates from Middlebury College, Queens University, Simon Fraser University, the University of British Columbia, the University of Western Ontario, and the University of Navarra in Spain. Other awards have included a Management Achievement Award, McGill University; Harvard Statesman Award, from the HBS Club in New York; and a Canadian Business Leadership Award, from the combined Harvard Clubs of Canada. He was also given the Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Association of Corporate Directors in 2010. At Harvard University, the John and Netilia McArthur University Professorship was established in 1997, and McArthur Hall was opened in his honor in 1999.

Appointed a Reuters Trustee in 2001.  

John McArthur

John Fairfax

2005

Mr Fairfax joined John Fairfax Limited as a cadet reporter in 1961 shortly after leaving Geelong Grammar School. He served in various sections of the editorial department for a number of years including Police Rounds, Finance and the Canberra Press Gallery before going to London to act as a correspondent on a number of the Group's publications.

Mr Fairfax spent several months on the Birmingham Evening Mail and returned to Australia via New York where he worked in the Fairfax bureau. He visited Tokyo and Vietnam on his way back to Sydney in 1967.

He spent several years in the Circulation and Advertising Departments before being appointed Manager in 1976 of The Federal Capital Press of Australia Pty Ltd, the publisher of The Canberra Times. He returned to Sydney in 1979 as Director of John Fairfax Limited and was appointed Deputy Chairman in 1985. He resigned all his positions with the Group following the takeover by Tryart Pty Ltd in December 1987.

Mr Fairfax undertook part-time courses at the University of NSW and the Australian National University. He attended the intermediate management course at The Administrative Staff College, Mount Eliza, in 1976 and attended the Harvard SMP programme at Mt Pelerin in Switzerland in 1979.

Mr Fairfax made several trips overseas on behalf of John Fairfax Limited and has attended conferences in India, the Bahamas, Hong Kong and Edinburgh on behalf of the Commonwealth Press Union. He was Chairman of the Australian Section from 1987 to 1992.

Following the acquisition of a number of media assets which previously formed part of John Fairfax Limited, Mr Fairfax together with his brother, Mr Timothy Fairfax, and other members of their family formed Marinya Holdings Pty Limited in 1988. Mr Fairfax was Chairman of both Marinya Holdings and its wholly owned subsidiary, Marinya Media Pty Limited until 2012. Marinya Media held 53.5 per cent of the voting shares in Rural Press Limited, a company publishing about 200 newspapers and magazines in Australia, New Zealand and USA. Mr Fairfax was Chairman of Rural Press until it merged with Fairfax Media in 2007. Together with his son Nicholas, Mr Fairfax was a non-executive director of Fairfax Media electing not to stand for re-election in 2010. Marinya sold all its shares in Fairfax Media in November 2011. Mr Fairfax is currently a director of the family company, Marinya Capital Pty Limited. His family has rural interests in New South Wales. He is involved with several philanthropic organisations.

He was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 1994 and an Officer in the Order in 2009 for service to the media and the community. He was awarded a Centenary Medal in 2003 for service to Australian society through the media and corporate governance.

Appointed as a Trustee in 2005.  

John Fairfax

Pascal Lamy

2009

Director-General of the World Trade Organization (2005-2013)

From September 2005 to August 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as Director-General of the World Trade Organization (WTO). A committed European and member of the French Socialist party, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut d'Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d'Administration (ENA).

He currently shares his activities between the think tank Notre Europe – Jacques Delors Institute, the presidency of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, the presidency of the Oxford Martin School Commission for Future Generations, the vice-presidency of the Foundation for European Progressive Studies (FEPS), his participation to the Global Ocean Commission and UNAIDS as well as different subjects related to international affairs. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre of Grenoble MDLG (Orchestra of Marc Minkowski), member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques and the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, member of the Advisory Board of Transparency International and member of the board of Transparency International France, affiliate Professor at HEC et Strategic Advisor of the Simone Veil Governance Center for Europe (Humboldt-Viadrina School of Governance, Berlin).

Pascal Lamy is author of various books and reports on global governance, Europe and international trade. His latest publications are: Oxford Martin Commission: "Now for the long term" (2013) ; "The Geneva Consensus" (Cambridge University Press, 2013); "Quand la France s'éveillera" (Odile Jacob, 2014)

In a recent poll casted by the British magazine Prospect (April 2014), Pascal Lamy is in the top 50 of the world's leading thinkers.

Appointed a Thomson Reuters Trustee in 2009.  

Pascal Lamy

Dr. Michael Naumann

2010

Dr. Naumann has been the editor of the monthly political magazine Cicero in Berlin since 2010; as of September 2012, he will be founding president of the Barenboim-Said-Academy in Berlin, which will train students from Israel, Palestine and the neighboring states in musical studies from 2015 on.

Dr. Naumann graduated with a Ph.D. in political science from Munich University in 1969 and continued his studies as a Florey scholar at Queen's College, Oxford.

Dr. Naumann worked as foreign editor for Der Spiegel, a German weekly magazine, which is one of Europe's largest publications of its kind. In 1985 Dr Naumann became publisher of the publishing house Rowohlt Verlag.

In 1994 he went to work in New York where he founded, and was CEO, of Metropolitan Books and then Henry Holt, Inc.

Between 1998 and 2001, Dr Naumann served as the first Secretary for Culture and Media in the German Government. He then became editor and publisher of DIE ZEIT, the leading German weekly newspaper.

From 2004 until 2007, Dr Naumann hosted a German political television talk show, "Talk im Palais".

Dr. Naumann was the Social Democratic Party's candidate for mayor of Hamburg in 2007. He took a seat in the Hamburg parliament directly after the February 2008 elections and resigned from his seat with effect from 15 June 2008 to return to his former occupation as publisher of DIE ZEIT.

Dr. Naumann has published a number of books on academic issues, including “Structural Changes of Heroism: From Sacred to Profane” and political affairs, including a book on California.

Appointed a Thomson Reuters Trustee in 2010.     

Dr. Michael Naumann

Dame Helen Alexander

2011

Dame Helen Alexander is chairman of UBM plc, the Port of London Authority (PLA) and Incisive Media. She is also deputy chairman of esure Group Holdings, a non-executive director of Rolls-Royce Group plc, and senior adviser to Bain Capital. Dame Helen was president of the Confederation of British Industry (CBI) until June 2011.

Helen is Chancellor of the University of Southampton and is currently involved with other not-for-profit organisations in media, the internet, the arts and education, through the WorldWide Web Foundation, the Grand Palais in Paris, the Said Business School in Oxford and St Paul’s Girls’ School.

Dame Helen was Chief Executive of the Economist Group till 2008, having joined the company in 1985 and been managing director of the Economist Intelligence Unit from 1993 to 1997. 

Dame Helen Alexander

Yuko Kawamoto

2011

Yuko Kawamoto is a professor at Waseda University. She is also a columnist for the Nikkei newspaper and Toyo Keizai weekly business journals, writing on Japan’s financial and economic sectors. Previously, Ms. Kawamoto served as an advisor and panel member on a number of significant policy issues through several recent administrations. Ms. Kawamoto graduated from Tokyo University and holds a master degree in development economics from the University of Oxford.

She is currently an independent director at Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group and the Japan Exchange Group, and an outside Audit and Supervisory Board Member to Tokyo Marine holdings.

Appointed a Thomson Reuters Trustee in 2011.  

Yuko Kawamoto

Pedro Malan

2011

Pedro Malan has been the Chairman of the International Advisory Board of Itaú Unibanco Holding in Brazil since 2009.

He served as Executive Director of the World Bank from 1986 to 1990 and from 1992 to 1993. He was Chief Negotiator for External Debt Issues of the Ministry of Finance of Brazil from 1991 to 1993.

Mr. Malan was President of the Brazilian Central Bank from September 1993 to December 1994. He was also one of the architects of the Plano Real, a set of measures taken to stabilize the Brazilian economy in 1994.

Mr. Malan served as Minister of Finance for Brazil from January 1995 to December 2002 during the eight years of President Fernando Henrique Cardoso’s Administration when the stabilization program became consolidated.

Mr. Malan was Chairman of the Board of Directors of the Unibanco bank from 2004 to 2008. He currently serves on the boards of a number of other companies, and has been one of the Trustees of the IFRS Foundation since 2008.

Mr. Malan studied electrical engineering at the Pontifícia Universidade Católica do Rio de Janeiro and also graduated with a Ph.D. in economics from University of California at Berkeley in 1973.

Appointed a Thomson Reuters Trustee in 2011.  

Pedro Malan

Beverly LW Sunn

2012

Beverly LW Sunn is the president of Asia Pacific Properties (APP).

Ms Sunn founded APP in Hong Kong in 1985; the company specializes in real estate strategies and mobility programs in the Asia Pacific region. She serves on the International Advisory Council of the Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World, the Members’ Leadership Board of NAI Global, a network of independent commercial real estate firms, and recently completed a three year term on the Board of Directors of Worldwide ERC (Employee Relocation Council), the global mobility industry association based in Washington, D.C.

Appointed a Thomson Reuters Trustee in 2012.  

Steven Turnbull

2013

Steven Turnbull practised as a lawyer in the City of London for over 30 years, specialising in public and private M&A, equity offerings and corporate advisory work. He retired in 2013, after spending 5 years with Shepherd and Wedderburn. Prior to that, he was a partner at Linklaters from 1985 to 2008. In addition to his client-facing role, Mr Turnbull was responsible for legal information and knowledge management at both firms, having been involved in this field for over 20 years. He sat on the Company Law Committee of The Law Society of England and Wales from 2003 to 2012.

Mr Turnbull is a Trustee and Director of the international youth volunteering charity Lattitude Global Volunteering. He is also a Trustee and Director of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the UK affiliate of the US-based Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF International.

Mr Turnbull was educated at Oxford University (BA Modern History and Modern Languages).

Appointed as a Trustee in 2013. 

Steven Turnbull

Lord Jay of Ewelme

2014

Lord Jay of Ewelme completed his education at Oxford and London Universities after serving as a volunteer teacher in Zambia.

He joined the Ministry of Overseas Development in 1969, serving in London and on secondments to the World Bank in Washington and the British High Commission in New Delhi.

He joined the British Diplomatic Service in 1981, serving in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Cabinet Office in London, and was British Ambassador to Paris from 1996 to 2001.

From 2002 to 2006 he was Permanent Under Secretary at the FCO, and the Personal Representative (Sherpa) to the Prime Minister (Tony Blair) for the G8 Summits at Gleneagles and St Petersburg in 2005 and 2006.

In 2006 he was nominated as an Independent member of the House of Lords, and has since served on a number of select committees of the House of Lords and joint committees of the Houses of Commons and Lords. He was Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission from 2006 to 2013.

Lord Jay of Ewelme is a non-executive director of Associated British Foods ( 2006-), Candover PLC (2008-), Valeo SA ( 2007- ) and EDF ( 2009-). He was a non-executive director of Credit Agricole from 2008 to 2012. He chaired the international medical aid charity Merlin from 2007 to 2013, is a Vice- Chairman of Business for New Europe, a member of the British Library Advisory Council and a patron of Fair Trials International. He is an Honorary Fellow of Magdalen College, Oxford, and a member of the College’s Development Committee.  

Lord Jay of Ewelme

Vikram Singh Mehta

2014

Vikram Singh Mehta is chairman of Brookings India. From the early 1990s and until recently, he was chairman of the Shell Group of Companies in India.

Mehta's career began with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) of the Government of India in 1978. He resigned that position in 1980 and joined Philips Petroleum in London as their Senior Economist. He was with Philips Petroleum for 4 years in London and at their headquarters in Bartlesville, Oklahoma, USA.

In 1984 he returned to India to join the Public Sector Oil Company “Oil India Limited” as its advisor (Strategic Planning). He resigned from Oil India in 1988 and joined Shell International in London.

In 1991, he was posted to Egypt as the managing director for Shell Markets and Chemicals, Egypt. In 1994, he returned to India as the chairman of the Shell Group in India.

Mehta is a member of the National Council of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and Chairman of its hydrocarbons committee. He was the chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Youth Award for India (earlier the Duke of Edinburgh’s Award program). He serves on the boards of Colgate Palmolive India Limited, Mahindra & Mahindra, and Vodaphone India Ltd, as well as Larsen & Toubro. Mehta is also on the Board of Governors of the Pandit Deendayal Petroleum University in Gujarat, India and a member of the Board of Overseers of the Fletcher School of Law & Diplomacy, Tufts University.

Since May 2012, he has been a member of the Board of Trustees of Mahindra & Mahindra.

He writes a column for the Indian Express and regularly appears on news shows in India.  

Vikram Singh Mehta

Lawton W. Fitt

2014

Lawton joined the board of Reuters in 2004 and continued to serve as a Thomson Reuters director from 2008 until May 2014. She also served as Secretary (CEO) of the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, she was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs & Co., where she became a partner in 1994 and a managing director in 1996. She is a director of several not-for-profit organizations, in addition to CIENA Corporation, The Carlyle Group and The Progressive Corporation.

Lawton has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Appointed a Trustee of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company in 2014.  

Lawton W. Fitt

Nicholas Lemann

2014

Nicholas Lemann was born, raised and educated in New Orleans. He began his journalism career as a 17-year-old writer for an alternative weekly newspaper there, the Vieux Carre Courier. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1976, where he concentrated in American history and literature and was president of the Harvard Crimson. After graduation, he worked at the Washington Monthly, as an associate editor and then managing editor; at Texas Monthly, as an associate editor and then executive editor; at The Washington Post, as a member of the national staff; at The Atlantic Monthly, as national correspondent; and at The New Yorker, as staff writer and then Washington correspondent.

On September 1, 2003, he became dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, at the end of a process of re-examination of the school's mission conducted by a national task force convened by the university's president, Lee C. Bollinger. During Lemann's time as dean, the Journalism School launched and completed its first capital fundraising campaign, added 20 members to its full-time faculty, built a student center, started its first new professional degree program since the 1930s, and launched significant new initiatives in investigative reporting, digital journalism, executive leadership for news organizations, and other areas. He stepped down as dean in 2013, following two five-year terms.

Lemann continues to contribute to The New Yorker as a staff writer. He has published five books, most recently "Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War" (2006); "The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy" (1999), which helped lead to a major reform of the SAT; and "The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America" (1991), which won several book prizes. He has written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and Slate; worked in documentary television with Blackside, Inc., "FRONTLINE," the Discovery Channel, and the BBC; and lectured at many universities.

Lemann serves on the boards of directors of the Authors Guild, the National Academy of Sciences' Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and the Academy of Political Science, and is a member of the New York Institute for the Humanities. He was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April, 2010.  

Nicholas Lemann

Ory Okolloh

2015

Ory Okolloh is currently a director of investments at Omidyar Network Africa, a philanthropic investment firm. Prior to joining Omidyar Network, Ory was Google's policy manager for sub-Saharan Africa. She was responsible for managing government relations and driving the implementation of policies that increased Internet access and supported the growth of local online content. Previously, Ory was at the forefront of developing technology innovation as a founding member of Ushahidi. She served as the organization's executive director from inception until December 2010. Ory is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan Members of Parliament.  In the past she has worked as a lawyer at the Department of Institutional Integrity at the World Bank, Covington and Burling and the Kenya National Human Rights Commission.

She serves  a member of the World Bank's Council of Eminent persons,  and an advisory board member of Amnesty International, East Africa, the Conversation Africa and the Committee to Protect Journalists.  She is also a member of the Tony Elumelu Entrepreneurship Program selection committee and a member of the Aspen Global Leadership Network.

Ory earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and graduated summa cum laude with a bachelor's degree in political science from the University of Pittsburgh. She was previously a Chayes Fellow at the World Bank's Department of Institutional Integrity. In 2010, Ory was named one of the top 100 Global Thinkers by Foreign Policy Magaine and in 2011 Ory was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and one of Africa's most Powerful Women by Forbes Magazine.  In 2014 she was named  Time 100's most influential people in the world.

She is a native of Kenya and currently lives in Johannesburg with her husband and 3 children.

Appointment effective June 1, 2015.

Ory Okolloh