Harrington To Head Thomson Corp. p.3

By: Mark Fitzgerald THE THOMSON CORP. tapped Thomson Newspapers president and chief executive officer Richard J. (Dick) Harrington to be the next president and chief executive officer of the Toronto-based information, publishing and leisure travel corporation.
Harrington was the architect of the sweeping reorganization of Thomson's North American newspaper holdings, in which papers were clustered into 27 "strategic marketing groups."
Those newspapers which did not fit into an SMG were shed, while other papers were acquired. Thomson publishes 70 daily newspapers with a combined circulation of 1.9 million and annual revenues totaling almost $1.2 billion.
Effective July 1, Harrington will become chief operating officer of Thomson Corp., reporting to the current president and ceo, Michael Brown.
Harrington will then succeed Brown as president and CEO on Jan. 1, 1998.
Succeeding Harrington as Thomson Newspapers president and CEO will be Stuart Garner, who is now executive vice president and coo of Thomson Newspapers with responsibility for all newspaper operations except the Globe and Mail, the Canadian national newspaper in Toronto.
Garner began his career with Thomson in 1966 as a journalist who progressed to senior level editorial positions. He left Thomson in 1982 and worked for several privately owned newspaper companies as publisher. He rejoined Thomson as editorial director of Thomson Regional Newspapers (TRN) in 1991, eventually becoming president and ceo of the United Kingdom newspaper company.
When TRN was sold in January 1996, Garner was named president of Thomson's Canadian Group and later assumed his present title.
Future Thomson CEO Dick Harrington, 50, joined the corporation in 1982 as CEO of Thomson & Thomson, a trademark and copyright research company in Boston. He was named president of Thomson's automotive information subsidiary, Mitchell International, in 1986.
In 1989, Harrington became president and chief executive of Thomson's North American professional publishing interests, Thomson Professional Publishing, which specializes in print and electronic media for the law, tax, accounting, real estate and human resources marketplaces.
He was named CEO of Thomson Newspapers in June 1993, when he also became a director and executive vice president of Thomson Corp.
Harrington is a member of the board of the Associated Press and the Newspaper Association of America.
When Harrington replaces Brown as president and ceo on Jan. 1, 1998, Brown will succeed John Tory as deputy chairman, who will retire but remain on the corporation's board.
Thomson chairman Ken Thomson said the succession announcements "ensure a seamless transition" for top leadership of the $7.7 billion corporation.
"While I personally have no plans to retire," Ken Thomson said, "shareholders and employees can rest assured that arrangements have been put in place for the future to ensure that the control of the corporation will continue to be exercised in a responsible and stable manner and that the corporation will continue to be managed by high-quality, professional executives who are motivated to create soundly based growth in shareholder value in an ever-changing environment, through the consistent encouragement and support of my family."
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