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The Trustees

The Trustees are experienced and eminent people chosen from diverse arenas in  politics, diplomacy, media, public service, and business. They are selected by a Nomination Committee and proposed to the Board of the Founders Share Company for appointment. 

The number of Trustees must be at least fourteen and not more than eighteen. There are a minimum of two meetings per year. The Trustees receive reports on Thomson Reuters activities on the different fields in which it operates (including Reuters news) and meet with representatives of senior management regularly at Board meetings and site visits. The Trustees also have access to the Thomson Reuters Board and editor-in-chief of Reuters news as necessary. Through the Chairman, regular contact is maintained with Thomson Reuters. The relationship is one of trust and confidence. Below is a list of the current Trustees.

Kim Williams

2016

Kim Williams

Kim Williams has had a long involvement in the arts, entertainment and media industries in Australia and internationally.

In addition to his role as chair of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company he is currently chair of The Copyright Agency (which manages copyright payments under the Australian Copyright Act to authors, publishers and visual artists); The Cranlana Programme (which conducts programs to cultivate wisdom in leadership) and Co-chair of the State Library of NSW Foundation. He is a current board member of Myer Family Investments; Executive Channel International; the University of Western Sydney Foundation; Australian Schools Plus; and a Commissioner of the Australian Football League.  

Kim has previously held numerous Board Chair positions including at the Australian Film Finance Corporation, the Sydney Symphony Orchestra; Musica Viva Australia; and the Sydney Opera House Trust.

Kim has held various executive leadership positions since the 1970s, including as chief executive at each of News Corp Australia, FOXTEL, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia. Mr. Williams was the chief executive of the subscription broadcaster FOXTEL for the decade up until November 2011. At FOXTEL he pioneered many of the major digital broadcast innovations in Australia and received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Subscription Television Association (ASTRA) for his diverse contributions.

He was appointed as a member in the Order of Australia in June 2006 for his services to the arts and public policy formulation in the film and television industries. His first book, Rules of Engagement, was published by Melbourne University Press in 2014.

Pascal Lamy

2009

Pascal Lamy

From September 2005 to August 2013, Pascal Lamy served for two consecutive terms as General Director- of the World Trade Organization (WTO).  A committed European and member of the French Socialist party, he was Chief of Staff for the President of the European Commission, Jacques Delors from 1985 to 1994. He then joined the Credit Lyonnais as CEO until 1999, before returning to Brussels as European Trade Commissioner until 2004. Mr. Lamy holds degrees from HEC School of Management, the Institut d’Etudes Politiques (IEP) and the Ecole Nationale d’Administration (ENA).

Pascal Lamy was appointed in 2019, President of the Paris Peace Forum. He shares his other activities between the Jacques Delors Institute (President emeritus), the presidency of the World Committee on Tourism Ethics, the presidency of the French Committee of the Pacific Economic Cooperation Council (PECC) and in as well as various mandates or missions related to international affairs. He is also President of the Board of Directors of the Musiciens du Louvre  (Orchestra of Marc Minkowski), member of the Board of Directors of the Fondation nationale des Sciences politiques, the Mo Ibrahim Foundation, the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, Transparency International France and the Center on Regulation in Europe (CERRE); senior advisor to the Brunswick Group, to Trade Mark East Africa (TMEA) and to the World Trade Board, member of the Advisory Boards of Transparency International, the Oxford Martin School, UNITAID and the Friedland Institute. He is affiliate Professor at HEC. He is currently also member of the Global Future Council on regional Governance at the World Economic Forum.

Pascal Lamy is author of various books and reports on global governance, Europe and international trade. His latest publications are:  Oxford Martin Commission: “Now for the long term” (2013); “The Geneva Consensus” (Cambridge University Press, 2013); “Quand la France s’éveillera” (Odile Jacob, 2014), Où va le monde ? (Odile Jacob, 2017)

Pascal Lamy also lectures to the benefit of Institut Jacques Delors among other engagements, on issues related to globalization, global governance, international trade, international economics, regional integration, European and French issues.

Dr. Michael Naumann

2010

Michael Naumann

Dr. Naumann has been the editor of the monthly political magazine Cicero in Berlin since 2010; as of September 2012, he is founding rector of the Barenboim-Said-Academy in Berlin, which trains students from Israel, Palestine and the neighboring states in musical studies.

Dr. Naumann graduated with a Ph.D. in political science from Munich University in 1969 and continued his studies as a Florey scholar at Queen's College, Oxford.

Dr. Naumann worked as foreign editor for Der Spiegel, a German weekly magazine, which is one of Europe's largest publications of its kind. In 1985 Dr Naumann became publisher of the publishing house Rowohlt Verlag.

In 1994 he went to work in New York where he founded, and was CEO, of Metropolitan Books and then Henry Holt, Inc.

Between 1998 and 2001, Dr Naumann served as the first Secretary for Culture and Media in the German Government. He then became editor and publisher of DIE ZEIT, the leading German weekly newspaper.

From 2004 until 2007, Dr Naumann hosted a German political television talk show, "Talk im Palais".

Dr. Naumann was the Social Democratic Party's candidate for mayor of Hamburg in 2007. He took a seat in the Hamburg parliament directly after the February 2008 elections and resigned from his seat with effect from 15 June 2008 to return to his former occupation as publisher of DIE ZEIT.

Dr. Naumann has published a number of books on academic issues, including “Structural Changes of Heroism: From Sacred to Profane” and political affairs, including a book on California.

Yuko Kawamoto

2011

Yuko Kawamoto

Yuko Kawamoto is a professor at Waseda University. She is a trustee of Tokyo Jogakkan Female School as well as United States- Japan Foundation.

She has significant expertise in macro-economic and governance issues and has served on a number of Japanese government committees. Recently she has been appointed as Member of Public Safety Commission, supervisor of National Police Agency. In the past, for the administration of Prime Minister Koizumi, she joined a committee mandated to lead its major privatization project, as well as worked as advisor to Financial Services Minister. Other major appointments include; member for pension reform group in the first Abe Cabinet; member of the committee under Council on Economic and Fiscal Policy.

In the past, she served as independent director to Osaka & Japan Exchange (2004-2014), Risona Bank (2006-2011), Monex Securities (2006-2013), Yamaha Motor (2009-2013) ,  Ito-chu trading company (2011-2013) and Mitsubishi UFJ Financial Group where she was chairperson of risk committee (2013-19) . She also worked as independent audit & supervisory board member of Tokyo Marine Holdings (2006-2018).

Yuko started her career at Bank of Tokyo, and in 1988 joined McKinsey & Company in Tokyo, engaged in consulting services for a wide range of organizations. She became Senior Expert in 2001, after spending four years in Paris office.

Yuko is an active writer on Japan’s financial sector and overall economy. She was a columnist of Nikkei (2004-2012) and Toyo Keizai (2004-2014).

Yuko holds a BA degree in social psychology from University of Tokyo, and a Master degree in development economics from Oxford University (St. John’s College).

Pedro Malan

2011

Pedro Malan

Pedro Malan was the Minister of Finance of Brazil (1995-2002); President of the Central Bank of Brazil (1993-1994); Chief External Debt Negotiator; Ministry of Finance, Brazil (1991-1993); Executive Director, World Bank (1986-1990 and 1992-1993); Executive Director, Inter-American Development Bank (1990-1992); Director, United Nations (UN) Centre of Transnational Corporations in New York (1983-1984); and Director of the UN Department of International Economic and Social Affairs in New York (1985-1986).

He was Chairman of Itaú Unibanco’s International Advisory Board (2009-2018); a member of the board of British American Tobacco (2014-2018); a member of the Rolls-Royce International Advisory Board (2015-2017); a member of the board of Mills Estruturas a Serviços de Engenharia SA (2010-2016); a member of the board of Souza Cruz (2010-2014); a member of the Advisory Council of Alcoa América Latina (2004-2014); a member of the Advisory Council of Bunge Brasil (2011-2013); a member of the Board of Trustees of the International Financial Reporting Standards Foundation (2008-2013); and Chairman of the board of Unibanco (2004-2008).

He is currently a member of the board of EDP-Energias do Brasil (since 2006); a member of the Temasek International Panel (since 2012); a Director of Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company and Trustee of Thomson Reuters Principles (since 2011); the Vice-President of the Board of Institute Unibanco (since 2006) and a member of the Strategic Committee of CEBRI-Brazilian Center on International Relations, an organization he has been associated as a board member since 2004.

Pedro Malan graduated from the Polytechnic School of the Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro in 1965 and earned his Doctor of Philosophy in Economics from the University of California, Berkeley in 1977. He also teaches international economy at the Department of Economics, Pontifical Catholic University of Rio de Janeiro. He has published dozens of essays and articles in economic journals and books, both in Brazil and abroad. 

Beverly LW Sunn

2012

Beverly Sunn

Beverly L.W. Sunn is one of the first American female entrepreneurs to establish a successful real estate and relocation firm in Asia. Founded in Hong Kong in 1985, Asia Pacific Properties and its mobility division, APP Mobility, now serve a client base of large multinational companies, start-ups and SMEs and specialize in real estate strategies and mobility programs throughout Asia Pacific, with a particular focus on China.

In 1992, Sunn expanded her business into the heart of China and the firm soon became one of the country’s first international contenders to be granted what is called a Wholly Foreign-Owned Enterprise License. Headquartered in Hong Kong, APP has offices in Shanghai, Beijing and Guangzhou with representative offices in Taiwan, South Korea, Japan, Singapore, India and Australia.

Today, besides working on her business, Sunn serves on the board of directors of New York-based Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company. This organization, affiliated with the global media and information firm Thomson Reuters, was established to ensure the 1941 Reuters Trust Principles of “integrity, independence and freedom from bias” would be followed at all Thomson Reuters businesses and by all of its employees

Until recently, Sunn served also on the International Advisory Council of the Chicago-based Leading Real Estate Companies of the World and on the board of directors of Worldwide Employee Relocation Council, the mobility industry’s leading trade association, headquartered in Washington D.C.

In terms of civic engagement, Sunn devotes time in Shanghai to the Friends of the Shanghai Symphony Orchestra which she founded in 2016 and now chairs. This group, established to raise funds for special symphony projects, strives to enhance global and cultural friendships through classical music.

She also promotes the wider good in Hong Kong. In the late 1990s, she served as president of The American Club Hong Kong, distinguishing herself as the first woman to occupy the post in the organization’s 85-year-old history. She also served as chair of the Ladies' Committee of the Hong Kong Philharmonic Society, board member of the Hong Kong chapter of the International Women's Forum and founding member of the prestigious Women of Influence annual conference, sponsored by the American Chamber of Commerce of Hong Kong and now in its 15th year.

Finally, Sunn speaks publicly – and regularly – on topics ranging from real estate to cross-cultural understanding to women in leadership at various international conferences sponsored by global organizations such as SOAS University of London and The Financial Times of London.

Born and raised in Hawaii, Sunn earned a bachelor’s and a master’s degree from Boston University.

Steven Turnbull

2013

Steven Turnbull

Steven Turnbull practiced as a lawyer in the City of London for over 30 years, specializing in public and private M&A, equity offerings and corporate advisory work. He retired in 2013, after spending 5 years with Shepherd and Wedderburn. Prior to that, he was a partner at Linklaters from 1985 to 2008. In addition to his client-facing role, Mr. Turnbull was responsible for legal information and knowledge management at both firms, having been involved in this field for over 20 years. He sat on the Company Law Committee of The Law Society of England and Wales from 2003 to 2012.

Mr. Turnbull was a Trustee and Director of Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation (JDRF), the UK affiliate of the US-based Type 1 diabetes charity JDRF International from 2011 to 2017. He was a Trustee and Director of international youth volunteering charity Lattitude Global Volunteering from 2005 until 2014. He was a director of Press Association Pension Fund Trustee Limited from 2015 to 2018.

Mr. Turnbull was educated at Oxford University (BA Modern History and Modern Languages).

Lord Jay of Ewelme

2014

Lord Jay of Ewelme

Michael Jay spent most of his career in the British Diplomatic Service, including as Ambassador in Paris from 1996 to 2001 and Permanent Under Secretary in the Foreign Office from 2002 to 2006. In 2005 and 2006 he was Personal Representative ( Sherpa) of the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, for the G8 summits at Gleneagles and St Petersburg. Since 2006 he has been a Crossbench ( Independent ) member of the House of Lords, serving on a number of Select Committees, including the European Union Committee. He chaired the House of Lords Appointments Committee from 2008 to 2013, and has been a non-executive director of various British and French companies, including Associated British Foods (ABF ) , EDF and Credit Agricole. He has been Chair of the British Library’s Advisory Council, and is an Honorary Fellow and member of the Development Committee of Magdalen College Oxford.

Vikram Singh Mehta

2014

Vikram Singh Mehta

Vikram Singh Mehta, Executive chairman of Brookings India and senior fellow at the Brookings Institution, has spent most of his career in the petroleum sector. In 1980, after working with the Indian Administrative Service (IAS) for two years, Mehta joined Phillips Petroleum in London as a senior economist. In 1984 he returned to India to work for the government company Oil India Ltd. as advisor for strategic planning. Four years later, he went back to London to work for Shell International in different capacities (managing director of Shell Markets and Shell Chemical Companies in Egypt starting in 1991 and chairman of the Shell Group in India starting in 1993), retiring from Shell in 2012.

Mehta was chairman of the Hydrocarbon Committee of the Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) and a member of the CII’s National Council. In addition to his positions at Brookings India and the Brookings Institution, Mehta is an independent director of several companies including Larsen & Toubro Ltd. (the leading engineering and construction conglomerate in India), Mahindra & Mahindra Ltd. (the largest tractor and SUV manufacturer in India, among other activities), Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, Colgate Palmolive India Ltd., and Jubilant FoodWorks Ltd.  He has a regular column in the Indian Express and Financial Express (two leading Indian newspapers), and he is the author of many published papers.

He was honored as Asia House’s Businessman of the Year in 2010, and he received the Asia Centre for Corporate Governance and Sustainability’s Best Independent Director award in 2016.

Mehta is a member of the Board of Advisers of The Fletcher School and the Board of Governors of the Pandit Deen Dayal University of Petroleum. He was formerly chairman of the Board of Trustees of the Duke of Edinburgh’s award for India and a member of the Board of Governors of Doon School.

He holds a B.A. mathematics honors degree from St. Stephens College, Delhi University, a B.A./M.A. economics honors degree from Magdalen College, Oxford University, and a postgraduate degree from The Fletcher School at Tufts University.     

Lawton W. Fitt

2014

Lawton Fitt

Lawton joined the board of Reuters in 2004 and continued to serve as a Thomson Reuters director from 2008 until May 2014. She also served as Secretary (CEO) of the Royal Academy of Arts in London from 2002 to 2005. Prior to that, she was an investment banker with Goldman Sachs & Co., where she became a partner in 1994 and a managing director in 1996. She is a director of several not-for-profit organizations, in addition to CIENA Corporation, The Carlyle Group and The Progressive Corporation.

Lawton has a bachelor’s degree from Brown University and an MBA from the University of Virginia.

Nicholas Lemann

2014

Nicholas Lemann was born, raised and educated in New Orleans. He began his journalism career as a 17-year-old writer for an alternative weekly newspaper there, the Vieux Carre Courier. He graduated magna cum laude from Harvard College in 1976, where he concentrated in American history and literature and was president of the Harvard Crimson. After graduation, he worked at the Washington Monthly, as an associate editor and then managing editor; at Texas Monthly, as an associate editor and then executive editor; at The Washington Post, as a member of the national staff; at The Atlantic Monthly, as national correspondent; and at The New Yorker, as staff writer and then Washington correspondent.

On September 1, 2003, he became dean of the Graduate School of Journalism at Columbia University, at the end of a process of re-examination of the school's mission conducted by a national task force convened by the university's president, Lee C. Bollinger. During Lemann's time as dean, the Journalism School launched and completed its first capital fundraising campaign, added 20 members to its full-time faculty, built a student center, started its first new professional degree program since the 1930s, and launched significant new initiatives in investigative reporting, digital journalism, executive leadership for news organizations, and other areas. He stepped down as dean in 2013, following two five-year terms.

Lemann continues to contribute to The New Yorker as a staff writer. He has published five books, most recently "Redemption: The Last Battle of the Civil War" (2006); "The Big Test: The Secret History of the American Meritocracy" (1999), which helped lead to a major reform of the SAT; and "The Promised Land: The Great Black Migration and How It Changed America" (1991), which won several book prizes. He has written widely for such publications as The New York Times, The New York Review of Books, The New Republic, and Slate; worked in documentary television with Blackside, Inc., "FRONTLINE," the Discovery Channel, and the BBC; and lectured at many universities.

Lemann serves on the boards of directors of the Authors Guild, the National Academy of Sciences' Division of Behavioral and Social Sciences and Education, and the Academy of Political Science, and is a member of the New York Institute for the Humanities. He was named a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in April 2010.  His next book, “Transaction Man: The Rise of the Deal and the Decline of the American Dream,” is forthcoming in September 2019 from Farrar, Straus & Giroux.

Ory Okolloh

2015

Ory Okkolloh

Ory currently serves as Managing Director, Luminate Group. Luminate is a global philanthropic organization that funds non-profit and for-profit organizations that help people participate in and shape the issues affecting their lives, and make those in power more transparent, responsive, and accountable.  Based in Nairobi, Ory is also tasked helping the drive the growth of Omidyar Network’s overall investment portfolio in Africa.

Prior to this, Ory was Google’s policy manager for Africa. Previously, Ory was at the forefront of developing technology innovation as a founding member of Ushahidi. She served as the organization’s executive director from inception until December 2010. Ory is also the co-founder of Mzalendo, a website that tracks the performance of Kenyan MPs.  In 2011 Ory was named a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum, and one of Africa's most Powerful Women by Forbes Magazine. In 2014 she was named Time 100's most influential people in the world.

She serves on the Board of Directors of the Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company, is an Aspen Global Leadership Network (AGLN) Fellow and an advisory board member to Twiga Foods and Endeavor Kenya.

Ory earned a J.D. from Harvard Law School and a B.A in political science from the University of Pittsburgh.

Tarja Halonen

2016

Tarja Halonen

Tarja Halonen served two terms as President of Finland from 2000-2012. During her presidency, she was co-chair of the United Nations Millennium Summit, co-chair of the Commission on the Social Dimension of Globalization, co-chair of the UN High-Level Panel on Global Sustainability and Chair of the Council of Women Leaders.

Prior to her election, she served as Minister of Social Affairs and Health, Minister of Justice, and Minister of Foreign Affairs. Over her political career, which began in 1974, President Halonen has paid close attention to issues of human rights, democracy and civil society. Issues concerning social justice and promotion of gender equality have been central themes.

President Halonen has also been heavily involved in non-governmental organizations and trade unions. After her exit from office, the TH Global Sustainability Foundation was established in 2012 to promote the work of President Halonen in the field of Sustainable Development.

She continues to work closely with the UN and is currently Alternate Co-Chair of the Every Woman Every Child Movement’s Steering Group, and a member of the Secretary-General’s High-Level Advisory Board on Mediation. Among other duties, she is also UN Global Champion for Disaster Risk Reduction, UN Drylands Ambassador, and a member of the Group of Eminent Persons (CTBT).

Ron Close

2016

Ron Close

Ron Close has led a distinguished career as a senior executive at several companies, from smaller start-ups to large corporations.

Most recently, he served as the CEO of Pelmorex Media (The Weather Network). He was also Executive Entrepreneur-in-Residence at The Ivey School of Business and at MaRS Discovery District. He has been a director on several boards including Pelmorex, The Globe and Mail, Canada Media Fund, CTVglobemedia, and MaRS Innovation. He currently serves as a director of Maple Leaf Foods, MaRS Discovery District, and works in the FinTech sector as Managing Director of Portag3 Ventures.

Mr. Close holds an HBA degree from the Ivey School of Business. He is past-Chairman of the Ivey Entrepreneurship Council , Ability Online, the Toronto Chapter of Young Presidents Organization (YPO), and is a current member of World Presidents Organization (WPO).

Baroness Neville-Rolfe DBE CMG 

2018

Baroness Neville-Rolfe (Lucy) is a Conservative member of the UK House of Lords (2013-to date), a former minister (2014-17), business woman (1997-2013) and senior civil servant (pre -1997). Lucy's main career was at Tesco plc from 1997 to the beginning of 2013 - a successful period for the company - serving on the company’s main board from 2006-2013.

Lucy was UK Minister for Intellectual Property from 2014-2016, while also serving as Lords Minister for the Business and Culture departments. She represented the UK in the Competitiveness Council and overseas, notably on the development of the Digital Single Market. From June 2016 to the beginning of 2017 she was a Minister of State in the Business department leading on energy and then (Jan-June 2017) at HM Treasury where her responsibilities included Brexit for financial services and infrastructure.

Before becoming a Minister, Lucy was a non-executive director of ITV, PwC, 2 Sisters (a large private food company), Metro AG and was also the President in Brussels of EuroCommerce, the EU wide wholesale and retail organization.

Before Tesco Lucy served in the Prime Minister's Policy Unit in 10, Downing St from 1992-94 and in the Cabinet Office as Head of the Deregulation Unit from 1995-7. She spent her earlier career in the Agriculture ministry.

Lucy is currently a non-executive director of Capita plc and Secure Trust Bank plc, Chairman of Assured Food Standards (Red Tractor), a Governor of the London Business School and an honorary fellow of her old college, Somerville College, Oxford.

She sits on the House of Lords EU Committee and its Financial Services Sub-Committee.

Lucy has been honored by HM the Queen for services to the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (CMG 2005) and for services to business and the voluntary sector (DBE 2012).

Lucy is married with 4 sons.

Linda Robinson

2018

Linda Robinson has had a long career in the financial services industry spanning 30 years at Fidelity International. She held a number of senior roles including Chief Risk Officer and Head of Fund Accounting and Investment Services Operations for UK and Continental Europe. She was a Director of Fidelity Investments Services Ltd and a Pension Trustee for the FIL UK Pension Plan.  In addition to these business responsibilities she was also the chair of the company’s Kent Corporate Fund Raising Committee. 

Linda embarked on a non-executive career in 2018 and is currently a Pension Trustee for the PA Pension Fund, a non-executive Director for Smith and Williamson Administration Ltd and a Trustee/Governor for Lingfield College.

Linda was educated at Tonbridge Grammar School and De Montfort University ( LLB).  She has a keen interest in all equestrian activities and is trainee coach/instructor for a local branch of the Riding for the Disabled Association, a UK based charity that is focused on providing horse riding lessons to people with development and physical disabilities.