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Obituary: André Villeneuve

André Villeneuve (photo), who died of pancreatic cancer on Saturday aged 78, was a graduate trainee journalist who went on to manage development of Reuter Monitor, the agency's ground-breaking platform for economic and financial services.

He managed the Monitor project from the outset in the 1970s and saw it become the platform and funding cash cow for other ventures such as Dealing and Matching.

Villeneuve joined Reuters in 1967. During a three-decade career he held many executive and board positions including heading the North American business in the 1980s and director of strategic planning in the late 1990s. He was chairman of electronic brokerage subsidiary Instinet from 1990 to 1999.

After Reuters Villeneuve became executive director of the London International Finance Futures & Options Exchange and served on the boards of corporations in Europe and the United States.

In 2017 the French government awarded him its highest order of merit - Chevalier de l’Ordre national de la Légion d’honneur - for helping to develop links between the financial sectors in London and Paris. ■