Former Financial Times UK news editor Chrystia Freeland is to
return to the publishing giant to head its website and take an assistant
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
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
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.