NEW YORK: Jolie Hunt has stepped down from her position as SVP and global head of brand and PR at Thomson Reuters, where she oversaw brand, advertising, and digital and social media for its news and financial services businesses.
Her departure follows the January 1 implementation of the media and professional services company's planned reorganization into five business units, as well as the installation of new CEO James Smith.
“After four tremendous years at Thomson Reuters, I've decided it's time to prepare for my next adventure,” she told PRWeek. “I'm incredibly proud of the legacy left behind, and for the opportunity to build one of the world's finest brand and PR teams.”
Hunt's one-time boss, Devin Wenig, left the company in July as Thomson Reuters streamlined the markets division he led. Additional executive departures followed. It disbanded its two-prong organizational structure two months later in favor of focusing on a set of specific business units.
Hunt joined Thomson Reuters from IBM in 2008 when she was appointed global head of communications, overseeing global PR and communications efforts at the - at that time - newly combined Reuters and Thomson Financial businesses. Hunt received a promotion last April, taking on responsibility for branding, as well.
In an interview in January, Hunt told PRWeek that hiring for her communications team was “on pause” as Thomson Reuters sought a flatter structure.
The communications teams at Thomson Reuters report up through Calvin Mitchell, SVP of corporate affairs. He declined to comment, citing company policy on personnel changes.
Hunt won an honorable mention for PR Professional of the Year at the 2012 PRWeek Awards on Thursday. She said she is still exploring her next options.