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The Reuter Society

John Lowe

John Lowe, Reuters’ first gaijin (foreign) salesman in Japan in the 1980s, remembered coming to terms with the company’s corporate culture when he spoke to members of the Society. There was high spirited bad behaviour, he admitted. Well, appallingly bad behaviour at sales conferences particularly. It was a period of “almost unmanageable expansion” leading up to the flotation of Reuters on the London Stock Exchange. Trained as a chartered accountant, Lowe was later appointed UK sales manager. “I miss all my friends in Reuters,” he said, “but we had the best days.” ■