The Economist appoints first female editor

The Economist appoints first female editor

British magazine The Economist has appointed Zanny Minton Beddoes as its first female editor, replacing long-time editor John Micklethwait who moves to Bloomberg News at the end of this month.

Ms Beddoes is currently the business affairs editor of The Economist and has been with the magazine since 1994, having also served as correspondent for emerging markets and as economics editor. Prior to joining The Economist, she spent two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund, and was also an advisor to the Minister of Finance in Poland.

The magazine selected Ms Beddoes after taking applications from 13 candidates, all of whom were current or former staffers of the magazine.

Rupert Pennant-Rea, chairman of The Economist Group and former editor of the magazine, said Ms Beddoes was “a fine leader, with long experience on the paper”, and that she would be a “true advocate for The Economist and its values”.

Ms Beddoes said she was “delighted to be given the opportunity to edit The Economist. It is one of journalism’s great institutions, with an extraordinarily talented staff”.

Mr Micklethwait, who has been editor for the past nine years and with the magazine since 1987, grew circulation from 1.1 million to 1.6 million during his time as editor.

Ms Beddoes will begin her editorship of the magazine on February 2.

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