Reuters names four new editors, including finance/markets editor
Alessandra Galloni, global managing editor at Reuters, sent out the following announcement on Thursday:
We are pleased to share several editorial appointments with you today. The following people will take up new roles: Paritosh Bansal will become Finance and Markets Editor; Mark Bendeich will be Europe News Editor; Kieran Murray will be U.S. / Canada News Editor; and Simon Webb becomes Commodities and Energy Editor.
These roles are key to the changes announced in June by Steve as part of our Newsroom of the Future project. Kieran and Mark join Dan Flynn, Kevin Krolicki, Samia Nakhoul and Alexandra Zavis as the news editors of our six regions. These editors, along with Leela de Kretser and Amy Stevens, will all report to Alessandra Galloni, the Global Managing Editor, News Planning and Creation. These changes are aimed at enhancing the quality of our world-class journalism, improving Reuters as a place to work and providing more value to our customers.
Here is a bit more on the new appointees:
Paritosh Bansal; Finance and Markets Editor
As Managing Editor for News in the Americas over the past 18 months, Paritosh has overseen coverage of the region, including the tumultuous first years of the Trump administration; Washington’s deteriorating relations with China; and the implosion of Venezuela. During his previous stint in New York, he distinguished himself across the financial file, first as M&A correspondent, then as Editor-in-Charge of the deals team, and then as Americas Financial Editor between 2012 and 2015. From 2015 to last year, Paritosh ran our South Asia Bureau. While in that role, he oversaw and helped report on the corporate lobbying practices of Phillip Morris, a series that won several awards, including the Overseas Press Club prize for best business reporting. Our finance and markets editors in the major hubs will report into Paritosh.
Mark Bendeich; Europe News Editor
Mark has been Southern Europe bureau chief – overseeing Italy, Spain, Greece and Portugal – since 2016, when he moved to Milan from Sydney. During this time he led coverage of stories on everything from Greek politics to clothing giant Zara, and from the Pope to Portuguese cork. Mark has spent most of his Reuters career in Asia, where he worked in Hong Kong, his native Australia, Singapore and Malaysia. He ran the Asia top news team for three and a half years and was Reuters editor of the year in 2011 for his work as part of a team investigating the accounting fraud at Japanese firm Olympus. During the dotcom boom and bust, he ran the UK equities team in London, a job that included covering Reuters and catching the last commercial Concorde flight. For the time being Mark will remain in Milan; he will move to London in the coming months.
Kieran Murray; U.S./Canada News Editor
Kieran has been Washington bureau chief since the start of the Trump administration, leading coverage of one of the most challenging and closely watched stories in the world. Under his stewardship, the bureau has landed important exclusives and produced insightful coverage of key shifts in American domestic, foreign and regulatory policy. Kieran has built a strong leadership team in the bureau, and has proven a forceful advocate for his team in a very competitive environment. He began his Reuters career in 1992 as a stringer in Central America, and then worked in Mexico, the United States and East Africa. Later, he was the Bureau Chief in Mexico and then News Editor for Latin America and the Caribbean. He has reported from more than 20 countries, covering wars, economics, business, finance and natural disasters. Kieran will continue to be based in Washington and make regular trips to New York.
Simon Webb; Commodities and Energy Editor
Since joining Reuters 15 years ago, Simon has covered the oil and commodities sector as a reporter and editor in London, Dubai, Singapore, and New York. He has run Commodities and Energy coverage in the United States and in Asia, and covered OPEC and the reopening of the Iraqi oilfields. As Thailand bureau chief, his team won a SOPA award for excellence in feature writing for a series of Exclusives and Special Reports on the increasingly sophisticated networks of human trafficking in Southeast Asia. Over the past year, as Global Trade Editor, he has driven coverage of President Trump’s trade war with China. Our commodities and energy teams in the major hubs will report into Simon. Coverage of energy companies for investors and consumers will continue to come from this team. Over the next few weeks, we will reassign the global trade story.
All four editors will begin their new appointments as soon as possible. They will also work with Simon Robinson, our incoming Global Managing Editor, Newsroom, to make sure we attract and retain the best and most diverse possible talent across the globe.
Please join us in congratulating Paritosh, Mark, Kieran and Simon on their new roles.