Corporate governance: Board of Directors

Photograph of Richard J. Harrington

Richard J. Harrington
The Cue Ball Group
Former President and Chief Executive Officer
The Thomson Corporation

Director of Aetna since 2008


Richard J. Harrington served as President and Chief Executive Officer of The Thomson Corporation (business technology and integrated information solutions) prior to its acquisition of Reuters Group PLC in April 2008. From April 2008 to October 2009, he served as Chairman of the Thomson Reuters Foundation. He currently serves as Chairman of The Cue Ball Group (a venture capital firm). Mr. Harrington held a number of senior leadership positions within Thomson since 1982, including CEO of Thomson Newspapers, and CEO of Thomson Professional Publishing. Mr. Harrington began his professional career with Arthur Young & Co. (public accounting firm) in 1972, where he became a licensed certified public accountant. In 2002, he was presented an Honorary Doctorate of Laws from University of Rhode Island. In 2007, he received the "Legend in Leadership" award from the Yale University Chief Executive Leadership Institute; the "CEO of the Year" award from the Executive Council, and the "Man of the Year" award from the National Executive Council for his many philanthropic activities. Mr. Harrington is a director of Xerox Corporation (document management, technology and service enterprise).