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Thomson Business Information Forms The Gale Group

Thomson Business Information (TBI), one of the major parts of The Thomson Corp., is combining three of its subsidiaries--Gale Research, Information Access Company (IAC), and Primary SourceMedia--into a new company named The Gale Group.

David Lucas, CEO of the Reading, UK-based Primary Source Media will manage all Gale Group operations in Europe.

"We are merging three strong companies into a new worldwide leader," said Patrick J. Tierney, TBI president. "By combining Gale's extensive new product development, editorial, and print publishing capabilities, IAC's expertise in electronic publishing, and Primary Source Media's expertise with publishing original research materials, we will create compelling new products, strengthen existing ones, and deliver the highest quality of customer service."

Allen Paschal, who was president of IAC, now becomes CEO of The Gale Group, based in Detroit, Michigan. Dedria Bryfonski, formerly CEO of Gale Research, becomes president of the Library Education Group of The Gale Group.

The three, merged companies cover a very wide range of publishing activities, spanning both print and electronic media. Gale Research produces databases on literature, science and technology (etc.) for the public, school, and academic library markets. Its imprints include U X L, The Taft Group, St. James Press, and Visible Ink Press.

Information Access Company provides scientific, educational and business information from 6,500 sources worldwide in CD-ROM, microfilm, print, and online formats.

Primary Source Media publishes primary source materials including The Times of London from 1771 onwards.

The merger of the companies clearly was prompted by rapidly changing conditions within the publishing industry.

"We will be asking ourselves one simple question: What is best for the customer, today and tomorrow?" commented Allen Paschal. "Our focus will be on how we can best provide targeted content relevant to our customers along with the timeliness and ease of use they increasingly demand."