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Longtime president of Rand in Santa Monica to step down

April 18, 2011 |  5:34 pm

The longtime president and chief executive of the Rand Corp. in Santa Monica announced Monday that he would step down from his post in the fall.

James A. Thomson, 66, became Rand's fourth president in 1989 and has served in that position longer than any of his predecessors, the nonprofit organization said Monday. He was a nuclear physicist who worked on European security and arms issues before joining the think tank.

During Thomson's tenure at Rand, analysts have researched issues including government efficiency, military logistics and acquisition recommendations for submarines, aircraft carriers and missile systems. The work has helped save billions in taxpayer dollars, according to Rand.

"I feel privileged to have led Rand for the past 22 years and have always said this was the best job in the world for me," Thomson said in a statement. "It is now time for change, and I look forward to helping my successor make a smooth transition."

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