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New Trust Principles guardians appointed

The guardian of the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles has appointed five new trustees to its board of directors.

Established in time of world war in 1941, the Trust Principles include the preservation of independence, integrity and freedom from bias in the gathering and dissemination of information and news. 

The new trustees are:


  • Naushad Forbes, co-chairman of Forbes Marshall, India's leading Steam Engineering and Control Instrumentation firm. He is chairman, Ananta Aspen Centre, and of Centre for Technology, Innovation and Economic Research in Pune.
  • Michael Froman, vice chairman and president, Strategic Growth at Mastercard. In that role, he is responsible for growing strategic partnerships, scaling new business opportunities, and advancing the company’s efforts to partner with governments and other institutions to address major societal and economic issues. He is a former editor of the Harvard Law Review, a previous US trade representative, and current president of the Council on Foreign Relations.
  • Ann Marie Lipinski, former editor of the Chicago Tribune and curator of the Nieman Foundation for Journalism at Harvard, home to an international fellowship programme and a group of publications about journalism including Nieman Lab, Nieman Reports and Nieman Storyboard. She served as co-chair of the Pulitzer Prize board from 2011-2012.
  • Sharmila Nebhrajani, chairman of the UK National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, responsible for producing evidence-based guidance to support the clinical and cost effectiveness of medical interventions in the National Health Service. She previously served as chief executive of Wilton Park, an executive agency of the UK Foreign and Commonwealth Office, and for 15 years as chief operating officer of BBC New Media and Technology. She sits on the boards of a range of listed companies as well as Oxford University and the Lord Chamberlain’s Committee of the UK Royal Family.
  • Stephen Toope, president and CEO at the Canadian Institute for Advanced Research, a global research organisation that brings together teams of top researchers from around the world to address important and complex questions. Previously, he served as the 346th Vice-Chancellor of the University of Cambridge, the first non-UK national to hold the post and before that was president and vice-chancellor of the University of British Columbia.


The new trustees joined the board on 31 December, replacing four who have left: Lawton Fitt, Nicholas Lemon, Vikram Singh Mehta and Steven Turnbull.


Welcoming them, Kim Williams (photo), chairman of the Founders Share Company, said: “Reuters and Thomson Reuters have long been relied upon for objective, factual and trusted information. These five new Trustees have unique experience across journalism, technology, commerce, scholarship, the law and public service that will prove extremely valuable in upholding the Trust Principles, which are fundamental to Thomson Reuters.” ■

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