FT has begun looking for a replacement for Barber
The Financial Times has begun its search for a replacement for editor in chief Lionel Barber, reports Jim Waterson of The Guardian.
Waterson reports, “In recent weeks, discussions about the job have taken place between Nikkei executives and the editorial director, Robert Shrimsley; the weekend editor, Alec Russell; the innovation editor, John Thornhill; and the deputy editor, Roula Khalaf – who could become the FT’s first female editor.
“The decision on a new editor will ultimately lie with the Nikkei boss, Tsuneo Kita. As a result, potential candidates are said to be keen to make trips to Japan to meet the company’s owners. Speculation over the timing of Barber’s departure has been circulating for years but individuals at the organisation suggest the process has started.
“Other names previously linked to the top job include Peter Spiegel, who recently replaced the sidelined Gillian Tett as the US managing editor. Neither is thought to be in contention for the job this time around. An FT spokesperson declined to comment.”
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