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Thomson Reuters hires former BusinessWeek editor-in-chief

Former BusinessWeek editor-in-chief Stephen Adler will join Thomson Reuters as editorial director of the professional division, the company said on Wednesday.

Adler, who left BusinessWeek after McGraw-Hill said it would sell the struggling magazine to Bloomberg, will design and edit news and editorial content for the Thomson Reuters division that serves legal, healthcare, science, tax and accounting professionals.

He will report to Jim Smith, who runs the professional division, and will work with David Schlesinger, editor-in-chief, who said Adler's background "is perfect for helping us create news packages that are relevant to the customers (that) the businesses within Professional serve”.

Adler became BusinessWeek's editor-in-chief in 2005. Previously he worked for 16 years at The Wall Street Journal, including posts as legal editor, investigative editor and deputy managing editor, and edited The American Lawyer magazine.

"This is an incredible opportunity with a company that's leading the way into the future of business information and media," Adler said. "I have long respected the market-leading Professional businesses and world-class Reuters news team and look forward to working with both."

Adler is among the highest-profile departures from BusinessWeek, which shed many journalists and columnists after Bloomberg said it would buy the magazine. Bloomberg completed its purchase on Tuesday. ■