David Schlesinger and Tripod Advisors bring three decades of media and risk analysis skills to bear on strategic and business issues. Experienced managing and leading in Asia, Europe and the Americas, Schlesinger and Tripod Advisors work through political, media and complex people issues to achieve business results.
Since the earliest years of China’s reform and opening, Schlesinger has analysed China’s government, politics, society, financial and business environments. He has advised on strategy and tactics in building significant businesses in sensitive spheres. His experience throughout the Greater China region of China, Taiwan and Hong Kong has given him an insider’s perspective on developments.
Schlesinger’s leadership of the largest global multi-media news organisation built it into an innovative network that combined traditional newsgathering with new and social media tools. He has been deeply involved with enhancing and updating journalistic ethics and standards as the industry has evolved.
Schlesinger has been intimately involved with corporate responses to difficult events, and has a journalist’s view of best practices and an executive’s view of shaping messages to key constituents.
Before founding Tripod Advisors, David Schlesinger was Chairman of Thomson Reuters China and was the global information services group’s senior representative in the region. He was responsible for building relationships, providing thought leadership and advising on strategy for operations across Thomson Reuters interests in financial markets, legal and regulatory databases, scientific information and journalism. He was appointed to that role after four years as Editor-in-Chief of Reuters News, running all aspects of the 3,000-journalist strong international news service. Before that, Schlesinger was Global Managing Editor of Reuters news for three years, in charge of the worldwide operations and news editing. Schlesinger joined Reuters Hong Kong bureau in 1987 as a correspondent.
From 1989 to 1995, he ran Reuters editorial operations in Taiwan, China and the Greater China region in a series of posts. 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.
Schlesinger has served on the board of ChinaWeb, the parent company of Hexun.com, China’s leading business/investing portal.
He is active in the World Economic Forum, where he has served as a member of the International Media Council and the China Agenda Council.
He is a director of the Index on Censorship (founded as the Writers and Scholars Educational Trust) and is on the boards of the Committee to Protect Journalists and the Global Editors Network. He was the first Honorary President of the International Network of Street Papers between 2009 and 2014. Schlesinger served on the Steering Committees for Oxford University’s Reuters Institute for the Study of Journalism and for Tsinghua University’s School of Journalism and Communications, as well as on the Advisory Board of the International News Safety Institute.
He has served as a Director of the Thomson Reuters Foundation and Chairman of the Dannenberg Oberlin-in-London Program.
In 2008, he was awarded an Emmy Lifetime Achievement Award for Business and Financial Reporting by the National Academy of Television Arts & Sciences in the United States.
Schlesinger graduated from Oberlin College and has a Masters degree from Harvard University, where he concentrated on Chinese politics in the Regional Studies East Asia program.