Thomson Reuters shakes up Markets division

Fri Jul 22, 2011 6:05pm EDT
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By Jennifer Saba and Robert MacMillan

NEW YORK (Reuters) - Five more senior executives are leaving Thomson Reuters Corp in a shake-up of its Markets division, which has posted disappointing revenue growth amid slow sales of a key new product.

The departures follow that of Markets chief Devin Wenig, announced on Thursday and reflect the concerns of the board and the controlling shareholder, Canada's Thomson family, about the performance of the division. The unit, which serves banks, brokerages and other firms, contributes almost 60 percent of the company's revenue.

In particular, the slow and difficult roll-out of Eikon, a flagship new product for financial professionals, has been a disappointment.

Analysts are concerned that Thomson Reuters might not meet its revenue goals over the next few years if it cannot convince existing clients to migrate to the new platform, and win new customers away from Bloomberg LP and others.

"The real issue with Eikon was whether it could move market share or not," said Claudio Aspesi, an analyst with Sanford Bernstein. Wenig's exit highlighted these worries, he said.

"There's a concern about how the Markets division will perform for the year and increased uncertainty of management turmoil," Aspesi said.

Thomson Reuters' stock fell 3.11 percent in New York on Friday.

One big project under Wenig was the launch last September of Eikon, aimed at knitting together dozens of disparate products after Thomson Corp's acquisition of Reuters in 2008.   Continued...

<p>The Thomson Reuters logo at the Thomson Reuters building in Canary Wharf, May 7, 2009. REUTERS/Toby Melville</p>