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Information Today
Vol. 20 No. 1 — January 2003
New Developments in Content Licensing, Open-Access Publishing, and More
By Paula Hane

In November 2002, the resignation of Patrick Tierney as head of Thomson Financial sparked a shift in management at Thomson Corp. (See the NewsBreak at Richard J. Harrington, Thomson's president and CEO, took the opportunity to shift the top executives in three of the four major groups at the giant corporation. Harrington has long espoused a strategy of executive cross-training in the vast Thomson empire. The company has some $7.2 billion in annual sales, 44,000 employees worldwide, and an estimated 20 million customers. 
. Richard J. Harrington
President and CEO, 
Thomson Corp.
Since his appointment as CEO in October 1997, Harrington has led the transformation of Thomson from a diverse holding company into a focused provider of integrated information solutions. Harrington
has held a number of key leadership positions at Thomson, including president and CEO of Thomson Newspapers; president and CEO of
Richard J. Harrington Thomson Professional Publishing, a provider of business information for legal, tax, and accounting professionals; president and CEO of Mitchell International, a supplier of information for the automotive and insurance industries; and president of Thomson & Thomson, an international trademark and copyright research firm. He joined Thomson in 1982.
Robert C. Cullen
President and CEO,
Thomson Scientific
& Healthcare

Cullen has been with Thomson for 18 years. Prior to assuming his current position, he served as president and CEO of the International group within Thomson Learning, where he focused on global education and lifelong learning markets. Before that he spent 5 years in Singapore, starting as a managing director in Asia and then as president of Asia/Pacific, a position that included responsibility for Thomson Learning's business in Australia. Prior to moving to Singapore, Cullen held a number of senior sales and marketing positions for Thomson both in the U.S. and internationally.

Thomson Scientific & Healthcare provides integrated information, services, and solutions to researchers and other professionals in the healthcare, academic, scientific, and governmental marketplaces.Its businesses and brands include American Health Consultants and Derwent Information.

Brian H. Hall
Executive Vice President, 
Thomson Corp.
President and CEO,
Thomson Legal & Regulatory

Hall oversees all of the corporation's legal and regulatory businesses worldwide, including those in North America, Europe, the Asia-Pacific region, and Latin America. He joined Thomson as president and CEO of Thomson Legal Publishing in 1995. From 1985 to 1995, Hall was president of Shepard's, a legal publishing company then owned by the McGraw-Hill Companies. In 1971, Hall began his career with Lawyers Cooperative Publishing in Rochester, N.Y. Thomson later acquired the company, which is now part of Thomson Legal & Regulatory. 

Thomson Legal & Regulatory provides integratedinformation and solutions to legal, tax, accounting, intellectual property, compliance, and business professionals.Its businesses and brands include West, Aranzadi, Brookers, Carswell, Dialog, ELLIS, IOB, La Ley, Lawbook Co., RIA, Sweet & Maxwell, and Thomson & Thomson.

Ronald H. Schlosser
Executive Vice 
Thomson Corp.
President and CEO, 
Thomson Learning

Prior to heading Thomson Learning, Schlosser was president and CEO of Thomson Scientific & Healthcare. He joined Thomson in 1995 as president and CEO of Thomson Financial Publishing. Schlosser was previously president of Elsevier Science, Inc., a division of Reed Elsevier. His responsibilities there included serving as president of the European database organization for Elsevier Science BV. His previous positions include general manager of marketing/operations at the Institute for Scientific Information and director of sales/marketing at several McGraw-Hill, Inc. divisions.

Thomson Learning provides integrated learning products, services, and solutions to individuals, postsecondary learning institutions, and businesses.Its businesses and brands include Course Technology, Delmar, Education Direct, Gale, Heinle, Nelson, NETg, Prometric, South-Western, and Wadsworth.

David H. Shaffer
Executive Vice President, 
Thomson Corp. 
CEO, Thomson Financial

Shaffer was previously president and CEO of Thomson Learning. He joined Thomson in April 1998 as president and CEO of Thomson Publishing International. In November 1998, he became COO of Thomson Corp. He was appointed to the Thomson board of directors in 1998. Prior to Thomson, Shaffer was chairman of the board and CEO of Jostens Learning Corp. His management career began with Dun & Bradstreet's Official Airline Guides, Inc. (OAG). As president of OAG and vice chairman of Thomas Cook Travel, Inc., he oversaw the acquisition of these businesses by Maxwell Communications Corp., PLC in 1988. Shaffer then became chairman, president, and CEO of Macmillan, Inc. and chairman of OAG. In 1993, he left Maxwell to become president of McGraw-Hill's Educational and Professional Publishing Group.

Paula J. Hane is Information Today, Inc.'s news bureau chief and editor of NewsBreaks. Her e-mail address is
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