Thomson Reuters close to naming ex-Nielsen president Hasker as CEO-sources
Feb 20 (Reuters) - Thomson Reuters Corp is close to naming former Nielsen Holdings Plc president Steve Hasker as its next chief executive, succeeding Jim Smith, according to people familiar with the matter. The appointment of Hasker, a senior adviser at private equity firm TPG and former McKinsey & Co media consultant, could be announced as soon as Tuesday, when the Toronto-based company reports its fourth-quarter results, one of the sources said. In a transformative deal, Smith engineered the sale of a 55% stake in the company's financial division in 2018 to Blackstone Group Inc that valued the business at $20 billion. Since then, Thomson Reuters' share price has more than doubled. In focusing on Hasker, the board of Thomson Reuters considered his experience at Nielsen, best known for TV ratings, in running businesses that collect and analyze data, two sources familiar with the matter said.