New Chief Financial Officers appointed for FT Group and FT

London - The Financial Times has promoted Kate Koch to Chief Financial Officer of the FT Group and appointed Scott Henderson as Chief Financial Officer of the FT.

Kate was formerly Chief Financial Officer for the Financial Times and previously worked for Pearson plc for over seven years in a variety of key financial roles at the FT, Penguin and Pearson head office. Prior to joining Pearson, she worked for Qantas Airways in her native Australia. She is a chartered accountant and completed her training at Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu in Sydney.

Scott was formerly Deputy Director, Corporate Finance & Strategy, Pearson plc. He was responsible for overseeing Pearson's merger and acquisition activity in Europe, which includes the purchase and sale of companies in Pearson's three main businesses: educational publishing (Pearson Education), consumer publishing (Penguin Books) and financial information (FT).

Scott joined Pearson's Corporate Finance & Strategy group in 2002 from the FT Group where he was Group Director of Strategy and, prior to that, Director of Business Development at FT.com. Prior to joining the Financial Times, Scott worked in Business Development at GE Capital. He holds an MBA from INSEAD and is a graduate of McGill Law School. 

Kate Koch will report to Rona Fairhead, Chief Executive Officer of the FT Group. She will take up her new role in the new year. Scott Henderson will report to John Ridding, Chief Executive Officer, Financial Times.   

Notes to Editors

For further information, please contact:

Katy Hemmings, Financial Times, 020 7873 4447 or katy.hemmings@ft.com

About The Financial Times Group

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, is recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy.  Providing extensive news, comment and analysis, the newspaper is printed in 23 cities across the globe, has a daily circulation of over 439,871 and a readership of more than 1.4 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 5.5 million unique monthly users (ABC electronic figures March 06), generating 41 million page views and has 84,000 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.  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 Mergermarket Group, whose products and services provide the global advisory and corporate communities with intelligence and analysis. With regional head offices in London, New York and Hong Kong and 200 journalists in 46 locations worldwide, reliable and validated proprietary intelligence and historical data is provided via the mergermarket, dealReporter, Debtwire and wealthmonitor on-line platforms. 
  7. 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.
    • A 13.85% stake in Business Standard, one of India's leading financial newspapers.

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