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Lord Mark Malloch-Brown becomes Trust Principles trustee

Lord Mark Malloch-Brown, pictured, former journalist, international diplomat and British government minister, has joined Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company as a director.

Directors of the Founders Share Company act as trustees of the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles, which were established by Reuters in 1941 and adopted by the merged company when Thomson Corporation acquired Reuters in 2008. They govern the way in which Thomson Reuters operates throughout the world.

“Lord Malloch-Brown is most welcome as a Director and Trustee. He has a wealth of international experience, not least in prominent positions in the United Nations and in world-class NGOs. His background as a journalist is an element that is appreciated in a company such as ours,” said Pehr Gyllenhammar, chairman of the Founders Share Company’s board.

Malloch-Brown said: “A free press is as important a guarantee of an open society as any. As media freedom faces new challenges of technology and economics as well as the enduring ones of editorial standards and securing free speech, the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles look more relevant than ever. I am proud to have this opportunity to support them.”

Malloch-Brown is chairman of Europe, Middle East & Africa, FTI Consulting. Previously he served as minister of state in the British government’s Foreign and Commonwealth Office, with responsibility for Africa, Asia and the United Nations. He had also served as United Nations deputy secretary-general, administrator of the United Nations Development Programme, vice president of external affairs at the World Bank and founded the Economist Development Report. He worked as a journalist at The Economist and was a political consultant. He is chairman of the Royal Africa Society, trustee of the Shell Foundation and a member of the boards of the International Crisis Group, the Open Society Foundation, Save the Children International, the Centre for Global Development and the Children’s Investment Fund Foundation. ■