David Schlesinger, who was Reuters editor-in-chief from 2007 to 2011 and is now chairman of Thomson Reuters China, says he’s leaving the company in August. “It has been a great ride, firstly in editorial and latterly with a tremendous China team – wonderful people, great experiences, amazing stories,” he writes in a memo. “I loved being editor-in-chief; I’ve had a blast being Chairman, China; I’m happy to be able to end it like this.” His memo is after the jump.
From: David Schlesinger
Date: Wed, Feb 8, 2012 at 4:13 PM
Subject: And now for something completely different!
After a quarter century, it’s time for something new. I’ve decided to leave Thomson Reuters in August.
It has been a great ride, firstly in editorial and latterly with a tremendous China team – wonderful people, great experiences, amazing stories.
I couldn’t have designed a more fun 25-year trajectory than assignments in Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, Hong Kong (again), New York, London and now ending back in Hong Kong (once more) in a job that’s let me spend significant time in Beijing and Shanghai.
I loved being editor-in-chief; I’ve had a blast being Chairman, China; I’m happy to be able to end it like this.
I will be around for six months to finish up my China work and to say good-byes properly. Apologies to any left off this mail inadvertently – the number of people in this company whom I like and admire and have enjoyed spending time with over the years far exceeds my ability to type onto an address list.
After I go, I will always be available via XXXX@XXXX.com .
As for what’s next after August: I’m planning to stay in Hong Kong for a while. More on that later!
Chairman of Thomson Reuters China