MEDIA: Editor Gowers team takes shape at Financial Times

Former Financial Times UK news editor Chrystia Freeland is to

return to the publishing giant to head its website and take an assistant

editor position.



Her move is part of a raft of senior staff changes announced by incoming

FT editor Andrew Gowers.



Freeland leaves her role as deputy editor of The Globe & Mail in Toronto

to become editor of FT.com, where she will be responsible for overseeing

growth plans for the website.



Freeland worked at the FT in the 1990s, initially as its Eastern Europe

correspondent, before moving to Moscow as bureau chief for three years

and later becoming UK news editor from 1998 to 1999.



Gowers, who takes over as FT editor next week from Richard Lambert, has

also announced the promotion of managing editor John Ridding as his new

deputy.



Ridding was responsible for managing the FT's editorial expansion in the

UK and abroad since 1998. He joined the FT in 1988, working on its

foreign desk and held several senior reporting and editorial posts,

including Hong Kong bureau chief, Paris and Korea correspondent.



Ridding's promotion has paved the way for deputy editor and FT.com

editorial director Peter Martin to have a more hands-on role as chief

business columnist and associate editor. He will write regular columns,

features and leader articles on business and financial issues. Martin

joined the FT in 1988 as features editor and was promoted to financial

editor two years later before being elevated again to deputy editor.



Gowers, until two years ago acting editor of the Pearson-owned title,

returned to London recently after heading the company's first

non-English language paper, a joint venture German-language Financial

Times Deutschland based in Hamburg. He has been with the FT since

1983.



FT editor Richard Lambert, who has been at the helm for ten years, is

staying with the paper to work on unspecified print and online projects

until end of the year.



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