Financial Times appoints Chrystia Freeland as Deputy Editor

London - The Financial Times has appointed Chrystia Freeland as Deputy Editor in a series of senior editorial appointments announced today.

Chrystia Freeland is currently editor of the Saturday edition of the FT.  She will take up her new role as Deputy Editor in July when John Ridding moves to Hong Kong to take up the new role of Editor and Publisher of the Financial Times in Asia.

Chrystia Freeland is 34, and joined the Financial Times in 1994.  She held the roles of Eastern Europe correspondent, Moscow bureau chief and UK News editor, before returning to her native Canada to become deputy editor of The Globe & Mail.

She returned to the FT in October 2001 as editor of FT.com, and was responsible for the successful launch of subscription services in May 2002.  Chrystia Freeland is a Rhodes Scholar, and a graduate of Harvard.

Richard Addis replaces Chrystia Freeland as Editor of the Saturday edition of the FT. He is currently Design Editor, and will retain his design brief in addition to his new role.

Following John Gapper's appointment as Chief Business Commentator and Associate editor, Andrew Hill succeeds him as Comment and Analysis editor. He will move back to London from New York, where he is currently New York bureau chief.

Andrew Gowers, Editor of the Financial Times commented;

"Chrystia Freeland is one of the most talented journalists of her generation. She has an uncanny strategic sense, combined with an incredible ability to get things done, and I'm delighted to appoint her as Deputy Editor.

Richard Addis is ideally placed to take the baton from Chrystia as editor of the Saturday edition. He was a key player in driving the changes we've made to the daily and Saturday editions and has done an outstanding job in his role as Design Editor.

I'm also very pleased that Andrew Hill is joining our group of Assistant Editors. He has huge experience of business, in the UK, Europe and the US and is the right person to take our popular comment and analysis pages forward.

John Ridding has been a first rate deputy editor, and, with his move to Hong Kong to become Editor and Publisher of the FT in Asia, we will have a truly global editorial operation to match our global ambitions. "

Notes to Editors

The Financial Times Group, one of the world's leading business information companies, aims to provide a broad range of business information and services to the growing audience of internationally minded business people.  The FT Group includes:

  1. 1. The Financial Times, one of the world's leading business newspapers, which is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy.  Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed in 20 cities across the globe, has a daily circulation of over 480,000 and a readership of more than 1.6 million people worldwide.
  2. FT.com, 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.  FT.com has more than 55 million monthly page views and over 2.7 million unique monthly visitors.
  3. The FT Group's pan-European network of national business newspapers and online services including France's leading business newspaper and website, Les Echos and lesechos.fr, and Spain's leading business newspaper and website, Expansion and expansiondirecto.es.  In February 2000, the FT launched a new German language newspaper, FT Deutschland, with a fully integrated online business news and data service.
  4. Through FT Interactive Data, the FT Group is one of the world's leading sources of securities pricing and specialist financial information to global institutional, professional and individual investors.  Its products include eSignal, an online realtime streaming quotation service for brokers and active traders.
  5. FT Business which produces specialist information on the retail, personal and institutional finance industries. It publishes the UK's premier personal finance magazine, Investors Chronicle, and The Banker, Money Management and Financial Adviser for professional advisers.
  6. The Financial Times Group also has a stake in a number of joint ventures, including;
    • FTSE International, a joint venture with the London Stock Exchange.
    • Vedomosti, Russia's leading business newspaper and a partnership venture with Dow Jones and Independent Media>
    • A 50% stake in BDFM, publishers of South Africa's leading financial newspapers and websites.
    • A 50% stake in The Economist Group, which publishes the world's leading weekly business and current affairs journal.

The FT Group is part of Pearson plc, the international media group.

Further information

Joanna Manning-Cooper
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