Senior Appointments announced at the Financial Times

Andrew Gowers, who will take over as editor of the Financial Times on October 1 2001, today announced the following appointments.

John Ridding has been appointed deputy editor of the FT. Currently the newspaper’s managing editor, John has previously held a number of reporting and editing positions at the FT, in Europe and Asia. He will work closely with Andrew to continue the FT’s expansion in all markets, in print and on-line.

Chrystia Freeland has been appointed editor of and assistant editor of the FT. Chrystia is currently deputy editor of The Globe and Mail in Toronto, and has overseen tremendous growth in circulation at the newspaper over the past two years, in a highly competitive market. Chrystia will be working closely with Clay Harris, news editor of, to build on its editorial success. She will report to Andrew Gowers.

Peter Martin, deputy editor of the FT and editorial director of, has been appointed chief business columnist and associate editor. He will write regular columns, as well as features and leaders, focusing on major business and financial topics.

Commenting on these positions, Andrew Gowers said: “I am delighted to announce these changes. The new appointments will strengthen our senior editorial team and give another boost to our expansion, in print and online. FT reporting is unrivalled. We have a fantastic newspaper and a first-rate website, which provide us with many exciting editorial opportunities.

“Peter has done a great job with the newspaper and, building an integrated editorial operation and a world class business site. In his new position he will further sharpen our competitive edge in business commentary.”



  1. All appointments listed above are effective from October 1 2001.

  2. Peter Martin, 53, joined the FT in 1988 as features editor and was appointed financial editor in 1990. In 1994 he headed a cross-departmental team preparing editorial, advertising and marketing for the FT’s international expansion. In September 1999, Peter was made editorial director of the FT’s internet activities and has been responsible for the editorial content of the site and the integration of the online and print editorial teams. He was named senior financial journalist of the year in the 1998 Harold Wincott awards for financial and business journalism.

  3. John Ridding, 36, has been managing editor of the FT since 1998, managing the editorial expansion of the FT in the UK and abroad. John joined the FT’s foreign desk in 1988 from Oxford Analytica, the consultancy firm. Since then he has held a wide range of reporting and editing positions in the UK and overseas. He was the Hong Kong bureau chief, Paris correspondent, Korea correspondent and a reporter on the UK companies team. He has a first class degree in Philosophy, Politics and Economics from University College, Oxford.

  4. Chrystia Freeland, 33, is deputy editor of The Globe & Mail, Toronto, Canada. She was the UK news editor for the FT from 1998 to 1999. Between 1995 and 1998 she was the newspaper’s Moscow bureau chief. In 1994, Ms Freeland was the FT’s Eastern Europe correspondent. Ms Freeland is a Rhodes Scholar and a graduate of Harvard College. At Oxford she studied at St. Anthony’s College and was awarded a Master of Studies degree in Slavonic studies.

  5. About the Financial Times

    The Financial Times newspaper is printed in 18 cities around the world and has one of the world’s fastest growing international readerships., the newspaper’s internet partner, combines agenda-setting editorial with relevant financial data and discussion groups, as well as a broad range of business tools including the largest search function on the internet.

    The FT Group’s pan-European network of national business newspapers and online services include France’s leading business newspaper and website, Les Echos and, and Spain’s leading business newspaper and website, In February 2000, the FT launched a new German language newspaper, FT Deutschland, with a fully integrated online business news and data service.
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