Rick King, Chief Operating Officer- Technology of Thomson Reuters

August 13, 2012
Among other topics, Rick discusses the following issues with Metis Strategy:
  • His role as COO of Technology, and how he is responsible for driving economies of scale within IT
  • How Rick manages the tech footprint of IT as Thomson Reuters undergoes numerous acquisitions and divestitures
  • How Rick applies lessons from his early experiences as a teacher and coach to the IT world by focusing on people, as well as communicating more effectively with business colleagues
  • The importance of creating a personal brand, and how Rick has built his brand through a variety of methods, including a personal blog
  • How Thomson Reuters encourages innovation by recognizing for the innovative effort as opposed to the end result
  • Eye on Trends: The advent of mobility, and how mobile devices will take over the traditional PC world

Rick King’s Biography

Rick is the chief operating officer for technology of Thomson Reuters, the world’s leading source of intelligent information for businesses and professionals.

Rick has been with Thomson Reuters since 2000 and has held numerous executive-level roles in the company.  Prior to Thomson Reuters, Rick held executive-level positions at Ceridian Employer Services and Jostens Learning among other companies. Rick began his career as a teacher and coach in Vermont.

In 2011, Rick was named by Minnesota Governor Mark Dayton to serve on the Metropolitan Airports Commission and the Governor’s Technology Advisory Council.  In addition, Rick is recognized as an expert on broadband and was named by former Governor Tim Pawlenty to chair Minnesota’s Ultra High-Speed Broadband Task Force.  Rick serves on Minnesota’s Science and Technology Authority Advisory Commission and the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s Telecommunication and e-Commerce Committee.  He also serves as a trustee for Minnesota Public Radio, is vice chair of the board of trustees for the Science Museum of Minnesota and serves on the advisory board of the Carlson Global Institute at the Carlson School of Management at the University of Minnesota.

Rick’s many accolades include being honored as Minnesota’s 2008 Technology Executive of the Year by the Minnesota High Tech Association.

Rick has a bachelor’s degree in math and education, and a master’s degree in administration and planning from the University of Vermont.

The World Class IT principles in yellow were the focus of this interview

  • 01 1- People
  • 02 2- Infrastructure
  • 03 3- Project and Portfolio Management
  • 04 4- IT & Business Partnership
  • 05 5- External Partnerships

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