Founder and Managing Director, Tripod Advisors


David Schlesinger has had a three-decade long career as a senior journalist and businessman that has taken him around the world while maintaining a specialty in China and Asia. He is the founder and Managing Director of Tripod Advisors, a consultancy that advises on political risk analysis, strategy and on running complex, dispersed global organizations with an emphasis on China and the media sector.

He was formerly Chairman of Thomson Reuters China, responsible for government relations and businesses in financial markets, legal and regulatory databases, scientific information and journalism.

He was appointed to that role after being the global Editor-in-Chief of Reuters News, running all aspects of the 3,000-journalist strong international news service.

A graduate of Oberlin College and Harvard University, Schlesinger joined Reuters Hong Kong bureau in 1987 as a correspondent. From 1989 to 1995, he ran editorial operations in Taiwan, China and the Greater China region. He then transferred to New York to serve in turn as Financial Editor, Managing Editor for the Americas and Executive Vice President and Editor of the Americas before taking on global roles based in London starting from 2004.

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