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Thomson Reuters re-hires communications chief

Thomson Reuters chief executive James Smith is bringing a former chief communications officer back into the company "to lead the critical communications effort we need as we undertake the next steps in our corporate transformation".

He is Gus Carlson, pictured, who held the same job title with the pre-merger Thomson Corporation in 2006. Two years later, as chief marketing and communications officer, he oversaw the creation and launch of the merged Thomson Reuters brand. In his new role he will oversee internal and online communications, brand marketing and corporate affairs.

Carlson is a director on the board of The Globe and Mail, the Toronto newspaper owned by the Thomson family. He has held senior communications positions with Accenture, Standard & Poor’s, Barnes & Noble, PaineWebber, and Hill and Knowlton. Most recently, he ran his own communications consultancy. Previously, he was a business journalist, working as an editor for The New York Times and The Miami Herald, where he was a member of the editorial staff awarded the Pulitzer Prize for coverage of Hurricane Andrew and its aftermath in 1992.

He takes up his new role on 2 December. He will report directly to Smith, who said in a message to staff on Tuesday: “I am confident that Gus brings to Corporate the knowledge, perspective and skills that are essential to ensuring that the Communications group is a key driver of our business strategy. He has extensive experience and expertise in his field, he knows and understands our businesses and key audiences, and he has a bias for action and commitment to excellence in execution. You will hear more about his vision before the end of the year.” ■

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