Su-Mei Thompson appointed Managing Director, FT Asia Pacific

London - The Financial Times has appointed Su-Mei Thompson as Managing Director, Asia Pacific, and to the management board of the Financial Times.

Su-Mei Thompson joined the Financial Times in May 2003 as Commercial Director for Asia Pacific, and is based in Hong Kong,

In the last six months, working closely with John Ridding, Editor and Publisher of the Financial Times in Asia, she has led the development of the Financial Times's commercial strategy in the region, introduced zhongwen.ft.com, the FT's Chinese language website in June and launched the FT's first dedicated Asia edition in print and on-line in September.

Prior to joining the FT, Su-Mei Thompson held senior commercial roles at Disney and Asiacontent.com. She holds degrees from Oxford and Cambridge Universities, and an MBA from IMD in Lausanne.

Olivier Fleurot, Chief Executive of the Financial Times commented;

"I'm delighted to welcome Su-Mei to the FT Management Board. The launch of our new Asia edition is an important strategic development for us as we become a truly global media organisation. Su-Mei will be a very valuable member of our management team, and play a key role in our mission to be the best provider of global business news, comment and analysis in print and on-line."

Notes

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. The Financial Times, one of the world's leading business newspapers, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy.  Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed in 21 cities across the globe, has a daily circulation of over 460,000 and a readership of more than 1.6 million people worldwide.
  2. FT.com is one of the world's leading business information websites, and the internet partner of the FT newspaper. Since its relaunch in May 2002, the website has continued to be the definitive home for business intelligence on the web, providing an essential source of news, comment, data and analysis for the global business community. FT.com attracts 3.8 million unique monthly visitors, generating over 65 million page views and has over 57 000 subscribers. FT.com broke even in December 2002.
  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

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