Executive team

President and Chief Executive Officer

James C. Smith

Jim began his career as a journalist and rose through the ranks at Thomson Newspapers to become responsible for operations in North America. He then led a number of professional publishing businesses serving the legal, regulatory and academic markets. He served as global head of Human Resources before becoming Chief Operating Officer of The Thomson Corporation. Following the acquisition of Reuters in 2008, Jim ran the Professional division of the combined company. He was named Chief Executive Officer in January 2012.

Jim is a director of Pfizer, Inc. He also co-chairs the World Economic Forum’s Digital Economy and Society Initiative and is a member of the Forum’s International Business Council, as well as on the International Advisory Boards of British American Business and the Atlantic Council.

Jim graduated from Marshall University.

Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer

Stephane Bello

Stephane assumed his current role in January 2012 after serving as Chief Financial Officer of the company’s Professional division for four years. Stephane joined the company in 2001 as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of The Thomson Corporation, with responsibility for the company’s global treasury operations, risk management, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions activities.

Prior to joining the company, Stephane held several positions at General Motors in its treasury division, including regional Treasurer of General Motors Europe and Assistant Treasurer of General Motors in New York.

Stephane holds degrees in law and economic law from the Université libre de Bruxelles and is fluent in French, Spanish, and English.  

Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer

Gus Carlson

Gus’ relationship with the company dates back to 2006, when he joined The Thomson Corporation as Chief Communications Officer. Two years later, as Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, he oversaw the creation and launch of the Thomson Reuters brand, which debuted among the top 50 most valuable global brands.

Gus has held senior communications positions with Accenture, Standard & Poor’s, Barnes & Noble, PaineWebber, and Hill and Knowlton. He is also a former business journalist, having worked as an editor for The New York Times and 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.

Gus is a graduate of Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario, Canada and also attended the University of California, Santa Barbara.

President, Financial & Risk

David W. Craig

David joined the company in 2007, serving first as Chief Strategy Officer of Thomson Reuters. In 2010 he became founder and President of our Governance, Risk & Compliance business, and in 2012 he assumed his current role of President of the Financial & Risk business division, a unit which represents US$6.5 billion in revenue with operations in over 150 countries.

Previously, David was with McKinsey & Company where he was a Partner in the Global Business Technology Office, advising banks and technology and media companies, as well as co-leading the global IT Strategy Practice and the Outsourcing and Offshoring Practice. Prior to McKinsey, he was a Senior Principal at American Management Systems. David started his career in manufacturing engineering.

He has an engineering degree in electronics and communications from the University of Bristol. David is on the Board of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and on the advisory boards of the Atlantic Council and TheCityUK.

Chief of Staff

Carla Jones

Carla leads the management of the Office of the Chief Executive Officer and oversees the operating rhythm of the company and the executive team. 

In over 20 years with the company, she has held a number of leadership roles, including Senior Vice President of Communications for the Professional division and Vice President, Office of the Chief Executive Officer for Thomson, where she played an integral role in the integration of Reuters in 2008. Prior to that, she was Director of Financial Planning for Thomson Newspapers.

Carla holds a bachelor’s degree in Accounting and Finance from Eastern New Mexico University. She sits on the Boards of BuildOn, a non-profit agency that empowers youth through education, and is a member of the steering committee for the U.S. Chapter of the 30% Club, committed to accelerating gender balance at all levels of organizations.

Executive Vice President, Operations

Richard H. King

Rick joined the company in 2000 and has held a number of executive roles, including Chief Information Officer and Chief Technology Officer of both the Professional division of Thomson Reuters and Thomson Reuters Legal. Prior to joining the company, he held executive positions at Ceridian Employer Services, Jostens Learning, and WICAT Systems, Inc. Rick began his career as a teacher and coach.

Rick is a director of TCF Financial Corporation. He also serves on Minnesota’s Metropolitan Airports Commission. 

Rick earned bachelor’s and master’s degrees from the University of Vermont. 

President, Global Growth Organization

Gonzalo Lissarrague

Gonzalo joined the company in 1991 as a trainee at La Ley, a legal content company in Argentina, and held a number of positions in editorial, marketing, sales and strategy. Gonzalo played a key role during La Ley’s acquisition by Thomson in 2000 and was appointed Managing Director, Argentina, for the Legal and Tax & Accounting businesses in 2004. In 2010 as Senior Vice President of Latin America he led regional development, numerous acquisitions and explosive growth in the region. He was appointed President of the Global Growth Organization in December 2013, responsible for driving accelerating growth across Financial & Risk, Legal, Tax & Accounting, and IP & Science in emerging markets.

Gonzalo holds degrees from the Universidad de Buenos Aires (Attorney at Law) and the IAE Business School at the Universidad Austral (Management Development program). 

Executive Vice President and Chief Transformation Officer

Neil Masterson

Neil’s role as Chief Transformation Officer, which he took up in 2013, expanded in January 2016 with much of the company’s operational infrastructure now concentrated in the Enterprise Technology & Operations organization, which Neil leads from the company’s Enterprise Centre in Baar, Switzerland. This brings together Thomson Reuters Technology, global Operations Centers, Real Estate, Global Sourcing, and Business & Integration Services.

Previously, Neil was Managing Director of the Investors segment in the Financial & Risk business. This followed several management roles in the financial business and in the Thomson Corporation, which he joined in 2002 as Vice President, Treasury and Corporate Planning.

Prior to joining Thomson, Neil spent two years at Reuters as Senior Vice President of Business Development. Before immigrating to the U.S., he spent five years working in the UK retailing industry.

Neil graduated from University College, London and began his career at KPMG in London, where he qualified as a Chartered Accountant.  

President, Tax & Accounting

Brian Peccarelli

Brian joined the company in 1984 as a product accountant, and has since held roles as director of client development, VP of the corporate services market, and General Manager for RIA Compliance. He served most recently as President of Workflow & Service Solutions within our Tax & Accounting business.

He is a CPA and an attorney, and is a member of the State Bar of Texas, the American Bar Association, the Texas Society of CPAs, and the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA). He received a JD from Hamline University School of Law, a BA in accounting and business administration from Carthage College and an MBA from Southern Methodist University.


Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer

Brian Scanlon

Brian joined Thomson Reuters in January 2014. He spent the previous 14 years at McKinsey & Company, with eight of those years as a partner. Most recently, he was a partner in the Corporate Finance & Strategy practice in Stamford, Connecticut, where he advised C-level executives at Fortune 100 technology, financial services and private equity companies on strategy, portfolio management, resource allocation and M&A issues. During that time he served as the CFO for the northeast offices, McKinsey’s largest region, and built and led the Corporate Finance & Strategy practice for the North American industrial sector. Prior to this, Brian spent three years as the Managing Partner of McKinsey’s South East Asian Private Equity practice in Singapore.

Before joining McKinsey, Brian was a senior accountant and consultant at Arthur Andersen.

He has a BS in accountancy from Villanova University and an MBA from Harvard Business School.  

Executive Vice President, General Counsel


Prior to joining the company as General Counsel in 2002, Deirdre held various legal and senior executive positions, including Deputy General Counsel, at IAC (previously USA Networks, Inc.). From 1997 to 1999, Deirdre served as Associate General Counsel for GTE Corporation (a predecessor company to Verizon), where she headed the mergers and acquisitions practice group. She began her career as a corporate associate with the law firm of Cravath, Swaine & Moore.

Deirdre is a director of Consolidated Edison, Inc. She also serves as a Vice Chair on the Board of Trustees of the Hospital for Special Surgery, and is a member of the Council on Foreign Relations and the Executive Leadership Council.

She holds a bachelor’s degree from Duke University and a JD from Harvard Law School, where she was a member of the Harvard Law Review.

President, Legal

Susan Taylor Martin

Since joining the company in 1993, Susan has held a number of management roles, including Managing Director of Thomson Reuters Legal, in the UK and Ireland, President of Reuters Media, and Global Head of Corporate Strategy for Reuters.

Susan is a Non-Executive Director of Whitbread PLC and a Trustee of the Thomson Reuters Foundation.

Susan has an MA (Cantab) in Chinese and History of Art from St. John’s College Cambridge and an MBA from Harvard Business School.


Executive Vice President and Chief People Officer

Mary Alice Vuicic

Mary Alice joined Thomson Reuters in November 2017. She has over 20 years of experience working in senior human resources positions at leading international organizations. Previously, she served as the Chief Human Resources Officer for L Brands, a portfolio of retail brands with nearly 90,000 associates. She has also held senior roles at Loblaw Companies Ltd., Shoppers Drug Mart, Walmart Canada, and Chapters/Indigo.

Mary Alice is a Director on the board of the Business Development Bank of Canada where she chairs the Human Resources committee.

She has a BA degree from the University of Windsor and an Advanced Human Resources certificate from the University of Toronto, and has completed Harvard Business School’s Advanced Management Program.