Thomson taps ex-Avon SVP to guide corporate affairs

STAMFORD, CT: The Thomson Corporation, the $8 billion financial information provider, has named Brian Martin to its top communications post.

STAMFORD, CT: The Thomson Corporation, the $8 billion financial information provider, has named Brian Martin to its top communications post.

As SVP for corporate affairs, a newly created position that reports to the president and CEO, Martin will oversee media and investor relations, as well as financial and internal communications.

Martin, a former corporate communications SVP at Avon, arrives at Thomson as it emerges from an intense period of change. Over the past several years, the company has streamlined itself into a niche information-provider - with well- established brands like First Call and Westlaw - by selling off advertising-focused businesses, including newspapers. Just last week, it sold off its portfolio of healthcare magazines.

"[The new position] reflects the growing importance of communications to the company," Martin said. "The company's gone through a very significant transformation over the past five years, and part of my job will be to elevate awareness of what the company's been up to."

Martin declined to talk about Thomson's existing or potential relationships with PR agencies. Asked whether he anticipates any relationships to change, Martin said, "That's something we'll take a look at. We'll continue to evaluate what our inside resources are against our outside resources and put the optimal mix together."

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