TORONTO, August 7, 2017: The Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company today confirmed with deep regret that its Chairman, Dame Helen Alexander, has died.
Dame Helen joined the Founders Share Company board in 2011, and served as Chairman from January to July of this year when she took a leave of absence. Current acting Chairman Kim Williams will continue to serve in that capacity on an interim basis while a search is conducted for a new Chairman.
“It has been a privilege to serve alongside Dame Helen,” said Mr. Williams. “Her contributions and stewardship of the Board will be profoundly missed.”
“We are all deeply saddened to learn of Dame Helen’s passing” said Jim Smith, president and chief executive officer of Thomson Reuters. “I will miss her leadership and counsel, and her personal commitment to the values of trust and integrity which are beacons for our company.”
The Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company acts as a guardian of the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Created during World War II in 1941, the Trust Principles apply to the entire Thomson Reuters business and are designed to preserve its independence, integrity and freedom from bias in the gathering and dissemination of information and news. Truly global in reach, Founders Share Company board members are represented from six continents and over a dozen countries.