RCTRichard Thomson, a retired executive from Procter & Gamble Paper Products Company, has been named president and chief executive officer of the Ventura County Taxpayers Association, the group announced Monday. Thomson succeeds Don Facciano, who announced his resignation effective Sept. 1, in order to devote full time to his candidacy for the position of Tax Collector-Treasurer of Ventura County.

Thomson, who retired in 2009 from P & G after 30 years, is a member of the VCTA board of directors and executive committee. In his new role he will work closely with the executive committee in the formation of policies and decisions focused on local, county and state government actions that affect the interests of Ventura County taxpayers. “We are delighted to have an individual such as Dick Thomson positioned to assume the chief executive duties of our association,” said Charles McLaughlin, chairman of the board of directors. “For more than 60 years VCTA has watched over the taxpayer interests of county residents. We are confident Dick will further the positive work of VCTA that has been so important all these years.”

Thomson and his wife, Kitty, have resided in the Silver Strand area since relocating to the area from Modesto in 2001. While with P & G, Thomson held a number of assignments, including Energy Relations Manager and External Relations Manager, where he was responsible for the Oxnard P & G plant’s contracts with major utilities as well as being the single-point contact for media and government relations. In addition to the VCTA board, Thomson has served on the boards of the Ventura County Economic Development Association, the California Manufacturers Association, the Southern California Water Committee and the California Cogeneration Council.