Financial Times makes a series of high level editorial appointments

LONDON: The Financial Times today announced a series of high level editorial appointments, based in both London and New York. Henny Sender, Sylvia Pfeifer and Justin Baer have joined the Financial Times as writers. Niall Ferguson and Tunku Varadarajan have been appointed contributing editors.

Henny Sender: Sender has been appointed international financial correspondent. Sender joins the Financial Times from The Wall Street Journal where she was a senior special writer for the Money & Investing section and covered private equity and hedge funds. Previous to her role at The Wall Street Journal, Sender worked in Hong Kong where she covered regional finance for the Asian Wall Street Journal and the Far Eastern Economic Review. Sender will be based in New York.

Tunku Varadarajan: Varadarajan will be a contributing editor for the Financial Times, writing book reviews and essays primarily for FT Weekend. Varadarajan was previously an assistant managing editor of the Wall Street Journal. He is a former op-ed editor at the WSJ, as well as chief TV and media critic. Varadarajan was an Oxford law professor before moving into journalism. He is currently a professor at NYU's Stern School and a research fellow at Stanford's Hoover Institution.

Sylvia Pfeifer: Pfeifer joins the Financial Times as defence industries correspondent, covering aerospace, defence and related sectors, whilst focusing on British companies including British Airways and Rolls Royce and also major defence contractors oversees. Pfeifer has worked at the Sunday Telegraph since 2003 where she covered Telecomms and Aerospace/Defence before moving to report on Pharmaceuticals and Chemicals. Pfeiffer will be based at the FT's headquarters in London.

Justin Baer: Baer has been appointed US Business Reporter. Baer joins the Financial Times from Bloomberg News, where he covered the mergers and acquisitions beat. Baer is based in New York. 

Niall Ferguson: Ferguson will join the Financial Times as contributing editor. Ferguson said: "I'm hugely excited at the prospect of writing regularly for the Financial Times and FT.com. There's now no question that the FT is the world's quality newspaper, offering by far the most knowledgeable reporting on both economics and politics. Other papers are either national or local. Only the FT is global."

FT.com: The FT has also announced that Clive Crook, John Gapper and Tim Harford will all launch new blogs on FT.com, further enhancing the FT's online offerings. Willem Buiter's popular 'Maverecon' blog will also be moving to FT.com shortly. Further information about blogs on FT.com can be found at: http://www.ft.com/comment/blogs.

Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times, said: "I am delighted to welcome this wealth of talent to the Financial Times and FT.com. Each of these writers will bring new perspective and insight, further enhancing the quality and depth of our already award winning editorial coverage."

For further information please contact:

Emma Gilpin Jacobs
Global Communications Director
T: +44 (0) 20 7873 4447
E: emma.gilpin-jacobs@ft.com

Jo Crosby
Communications Manager
T: +44 (0) 20 7873 3811
E: jo.crosby@ft.com

Notes to Editors:

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  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 at 24 print sites across the globe, has a daily circulation of 441,219 (ABC figures, September 2007) and a readership of more than 1.3 million people worldwide.
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  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.
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    • A 50% stake in BDFM, publishers of South Africa's leading financial newspapers and websites.
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