Lionel Barber appointed editor of the Financial Times

Pearson today announces the appointment of Lionel Barber as editor of the Financial Times, succeeding Andrew Gowers.

Barber, currently the FT's US managing editor, will take up his new role with immediate effect, returning to London full-time from January 2006.

"Lionel is an outstanding journalist and editor with a passion for business and a global instinct sharpened by his senior roles in the UK, Europe and America," said Marjorie Scardino, chief executive of Pearson. "He has the vision, talent and experience to lead the FT through its next phase of growth, in print and online."

Lionel Barber, 50, joined the FT 20 years ago, having begun his career as a business journalist at The Scotsman and The Sunday Times. At the FT, his roles have included Washington correspondent and US editor (1986-1992), Brussels bureau chief (1992-1998), news editor (1998-2000) and editor of the FT's European edition (2000-2002). In 2002 he moved to New York as the FT's US managing editor, responsible for the newspaper's US edition and for all US news on

Lionel Barber said: "Around the world, the FT's reputation has never been higher. Accurate, credible and thoughtful news, comment and analysis have always been the FT's hallmark and the source of our special relationship with readers.  We have a strong and dedicated team of journalists and I am looking forward to working with them to maintain and strengthen our position as the world's business newspaper."

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