Paul Gigot will take overall charge of the Wall Street Journal Europe's comment section as part of his new role as editorial page editor of the Dow Jones-owned Wall Street Journal.
Therese Raphael, currently on maternity leave, will continue to edit the European edition's editorial page. But she will report to Gigot, who has responsibility for all global editions of the paper from 17 September.
WSJ Europe, like the Asian edition of the paper, is autonomous. But Gigot said: 'The reason we set up a reporting system was to have a consistent intellectual position.' He will also oversee the website OpinionJournal.com, which uses WSJ articles and its own content.
WSJ Europe, which remains locked in a circulation battle with The Financial Times for the business market in Europe, recorded average daily sales of 100,100 in the six months to June 2001. The FT sold 487,000 per day during the same period.