Wall Street Journal managing editor Robert Thomson made the following announcement to the staff on Monday:
“I amÂ very pleased to announce that Andy Browne has been appointed China Editor for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires,Â effectively overseeingÂ our editorial operations in China.Â His new role, whichÂ he will begin onÂ December 1, willÂ follow the return of Rebecca Blumenstein to New York to the key post ofÂ International News EditorÂ and is part of our strategy to integrate the reporting teams of Newswires and the Journal.
“Andy has an intimate understanding of the work and importance of news agency operations, having spent 20 years at Reuters in Asia in a number of posts, including asÂ Beijing bureau chief andÂ Asia news editor. He left Reuters in 2004 to join the Journal as ChinaÂ economics correspondent and, for the past two years,Â has been in Beijing as a partner atÂ the Brunswick Group.Â Andy was a member of the Journal’s China team whichÂ in 2007 won the Pulitzer Prize for International Reporting.
“Andy will report to Gabriella Stern,Â SeniorÂ EditorÂ at Newswires for Asia-Pacific, and to Nik Deogun, the Journal’s International Editor.Â Under the new arrangement, J.R. Wu and Shen Hong,Â theÂ Beijng and Shanghai bureau chiefsÂ for Newswires, will report to Andy, as will Jason Dean, whoÂ willÂ take on anÂ expanded role asÂ China News Editor for the Journal. We wish all of our China team members the very best.”