Richard J. Harrington

Chairman Emeritus

Richard (Dick) J. Harrington is Chairman and General Partner of Cue Ball. A renowned and highly respected industry leader in information media, Dick has a deep experience, relationship network, and reputation base that has allowed him to take advantage of the shifts in digital and information media.

As a Chairman, and General Partner at Cue Ball, Dick played an active role in deal sourcing, portfolio management and mentorship of CEOs. He now serves as Chairman Emeritus, helping the partnership set the overall strategic direction of the firm.

Dick’s 11-year tenure as president and CEO of Thomson culminated with the company’s acquisition of Reuters to form Thomson Reuters in 2008. Dick serves on the boards of directors of Aetna (NYSE: AET). In additional to servicing on the boards of a number of Cue Ball portfolio companies, he also served on the board of Xerox Corporation (NYSE: XRX).

He has received many professional honors including the “Legend in Leadership” award from Yale University and the “CEO of the Year” award from the Executive Council.


Dick holds some of the deepest industry experience in online information, media, and business information services. He is the former President and Chief Executive Officer of The Thomson Reuters Corporation and led several of its businesses there for over 25 years before taking the group’s top post. As CEO of the corporation, he led the transformation of Thomson from a diverse holding company into the leading global provider of online business information, software and services. Over his 11 years as CEO of Thomson, he quadrupled cash flow, tripled the market value of the company, and created the world’s largest information media company. Additionally he has led more than $30 billion in deal transactions, with two of the most well-known acquisitions being Westlaw and Reuters. Dick started his career in a family business and as a CPA with Arthur Young & Co.


University of Rhode Island, BS.
University of Rhode Island, Honorary Doctorate of Laws.

Recent Publication

Harvard Business Review (March 2008): Transforming Strategy One Customer at a Time (This article examines how a customer-driven strategy approach can be applied to drive transformative growth. It examines Thomson as a case study.)ngs the experience, relationship network, and reputation.