Thomson Reuters

Jim Smith, CEO of Reuters taken to hospital, Stephane Bello steps in

Financial data and technology company, Thomson Reuters said Jim Smith, its President and Chief Executive Officer of Thomson Reuters, was taken to a Toronto hospital yesterday after feeling unwell.

The company said in a statement that Jim Smith remains in the hospital, under observation.

In his absence, the company said Stephane Bello, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Thomson Reuters, will oversee Jim’s responsibilities alongside his own, in line with the company’s practice.

Mr. Stephane Bello has been the Chief Financial Officer and Executive Vice President at Thomson Reuters Corporation since January 1, 2012. Mr. Bello served as the Chief Financial Officer of the Professional division at Thomson Reuters Corporation from April 2008 to December 2011 and also served as its Senior Vice President and Treasurer since joining it in 2001 until April 2008, with responsibility for its global treasury operations, risk management, capital markets and mergers and acquisitions activities.

He served as Senior Vice President and Treasurer of Selkirk Financial Technologies, Inc. Prior to joining Thomson, he held various positions in the treasury department of General Motors. From 1994 to 1996, he was responsible for General Motors’ investor relations program and from 1996 to 1999, he served as its regional treasurer in Europe. Immediately prior to joining Thomson, he served as assistant treasurer in GM’s New York treasurer’s office where he was responsible for capital markets activities, foreign exchange and commodities hedging, overseas financing as well as the European and Asia-Pacific treasury centers.

He is fluent in French, Spanish and English. Mr. Bello holds a degree in Law and a special degree in Economic Law from the University of Brussels (Belgium).