|Thomson Legal & Regulatory has announced that executive vice president
and chief strategy officer Roy M. Martin Jr. has been named president and
CEO of Dialog, a Thomson company. Martin replaces Pat Sommers, who has
resigned from the company.
Dialog was acquired by The Thomson Corp. in May 2000. Brian H. Hall,
president and CEO of Thomson Legal & Regulatory, said Martin brings
proven executive management, marketing, and operational expertise to Dialog—traits
that will be critical to strengthening the Dialog business and brand with
customers around the world.
“Dialog is one of the world’s premier information services brands and
is viewed as an important asset for Thomson,” Hall said. “Roy has been
a key architect of the critical strategic initiatives that have established
Thomson Legal & Regulatory as a worldwide leader in legal e-information
and solutions. His expertise and leadership will ensure that we maximize
the full potential of the Dialog business, as well as leverage the marketing
and product synergies between Dialog and our other Thomson companies.”
Martin has concentrated on information services and technology businesses
for much of his career. Since 1998, he has been responsible for global
strategic initiatives for Thomson Legal & Regulatory, directing growth
and acquisition strategies for its businesses around the world. Prior to
that, he was executive vice president of West Online Strategic Marketing,
where he was responsible for the marketing, product development, and branding
initiatives that positioned Westlaw as a market leader and the most trusted
brand among all legal research services, according to the announcement.
Martin also brings sales and marketing operations expertise to Dialog,
having served as executive vice president of sales operations both for
West Group and Thomson Legal Publishing.
Prior to this, Martin led the integration team that planned and executed
the combination of publishing businesses that formed Thomson Legal Publishing
in 1995. Martin joined Thomson as senior vice president of strategic marketing
for Lawyers Cooperative Publishing in 1993, where he played a key role
in the company’s transition from a print to an electronic publisher. Before
joining Thomson, Martin spent 15 years in the computer systems and software
industry. He has been president of two software companies, and also held
a variety of executive management and marketing positions for several network
systems businesses. He is a graduate of Virginia Tech and holds an M.B.A.
from Emory University in Atlanta.
Source: The Dialog Corp., Cary, NC, 919/462-8600; http://www.dialog.com.