Mr Thomson was previously executive vice president for corporate development and planning, for both Bell Canada Enterprises (BCE) and Bell Canada. In this role he reported to the CEO, overseeing the corporate strategy, mergers and acquisitions and financial planning functions.

Prior to joining BCE in 2003, Mr Thomson was a vice president at Goldman Sachs focused on mergers and acquisitions in New York and Toronto, Canada. He has an MBA from the University of Chicago and a BA from Queen’s University.

John Manzoni, Talisman’s president and CEO, said: Scott will be a strong and visible addition to the leadership team at Talisman. Phil Dolan will continue in his existing duties as senior vice president for finance, responsible for the finance, tax and treasury functions reporting to Scott. We are also integrating the investor relations, marketing and the transactional element of our mergers and acquisitions business into Scott’s areas of responsibility. This will provide unified strategic and tactical leadership for these important business functions within the company.