Alex Frangos, Europe finance editor at The Wall Street Journal, sent out the following announcement:
I am pleased to announce that Chitra Somayaji will soon join as our Europe markets editor based in London, leading our markets reporting team here and overseeing our coverage in the region, including real-time efforts, deep dives and enterprise. She will play a key role in making sure our markets presence is timely and well informed for our early morning U.S. readers.
Chitra arrives from Bloomberg, where she was most recently an editor on the European M&A and investing and real-estate teams. A veteran financial journalist with 19 years under her belt, she started as a fact checker and chart wrangler at Bloomberg before becoming a reporter in the U.S. She launched Bloomberg’s bureau in Bangalore in 2005, then moved to Mumbai and eventually Hong Kong, where she led a team of fifteen reporters covering banking and finance. Highlights include her work on China’s shadow-banking crackdown and princeling scandals. She moved to the U.K. in 2015 to be the European health team leader, directing coverage of pharmaceutical and health issues. A native of India, she has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Smith College. Chitra loves to plan hiking, cycling and swim holidays in her spare time, but often finds herself waylaid by a good single-malt whisky.
Please give her a warm welcome when she starts next week.