NEW YORK, DECEMBER 18, 2017 – The Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company today announced that Kim Williams will become the Board’s permanent Chairman effective January 1, 2018. He has been a Founders Share Company board member since 2016 and currently serves as the interim Chairman.
The Thomson Reuters Founders Share Company acts as a guardian of the Thomson Reuters Trust Principles. Created in the midst of World War II in 1941, the Trust Principles apply to the entire Thomson Reuters business and are designed to preserve its independence, integrity and freedom from bias in the gathering and dissemination of information and news. Truly global in reach, Founders Share Company board members are represented from six continents and over a dozen countries.
Williams has held a number of executive leadership positions in the arts, entertainment and media industries in Australia and internationally, including chief executive at FOXTEL, News Corp Australia, Fox Studios Australia, the Australian Film Commission, Southern Star Entertainment and Musica Viva Australia, as well as a senior executive at the Australian Broadcasting Corporation. At FOXTEL, he pioneered many of the major digital broadcast innovations in Australia and received the 2012 Lifetime Achievement Award from the Australian Subscription Television Association (ASTRA) for his diverse contributions. He is a former Chair of the Sydney Opera House Trust, Sydney Symphony Orchestra and the Australian Film Finance Corporation amongst a large roster of Australian commercial and cultural enterprises. He serves on a number of Australian boards including as a Commissioner of the Australian Football League since 2014.
He was appointed as a member in the Order of Australia in June 2006 for his services to the arts and public policy formulation in the film and television industries and had a Doctorate of Letters (Honoris Causa) conferred by Macquarie University in 2009 for his services to creative and cultural endeavour in Australia and internationally.