Morning Coffee Dec 05 2011

Thomson Man on Top at Thomson Reuters

By damian ghigliotty

There's a reason why the name Thomson in Thomson Reuters Corp. comes first. When push comes to shove, the family whose investment firm owns 55% of the financial news and data company calls the shots. And the Thomson family's fingerprints are all over last week's ouster of Chief Executive Thomas Glocer.

Thomson Reuters said Glocer, 52, will depart Jan. 1 when he also steps down from the board, The Wall Street Journal reported. The company's chief operating officer, James Smith, 52, will take his place after less than two months as COO. Smith, a one-time journalist, is a long-time Thomson man; he joined the family firm in 1987.

That a Thomson loyalist would eventually run the show was perhaps inevitable after Thomson Corp. bought Reuters Group in 2008. Yet as recently as last month, Glocer said he was confident that his restructuring of the markets division, which generates more than half the company's sales, would become more profitable, according to Bloomberg. His replacement suggests more change is needed.

His exit follows the departure of a half dozen employees in the past six months.

Sales Buzz

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Job Hope (WSJ)

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Twitter Reluctance (Reuters)

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