Previously, Thompson was the CTO and VP of IT for Chemical Abstracts Service (CAS). Before joining CAS, he was the CTO for the IP & Science unit of Thomson Reuters based in Philadelphia. Prior to that, Thompson led the Bridge Data Network/Bridge Station and Reuters Plus Financial Markets infrastructures and desktop applications as well as a suite of editorial and content systems in St. Louis. Preceding that, he was CEO of a Reuters subsidiary, Equis, in Salt Lake City, appointed after leading their product development function. Conal started his career as a programmer and development manager for another Reuters subsidiary, Equity Systems, in Sydney, Australia.
Thompson has an honors degree in Computer Science from the University of Sydney.