Martin Dickson named Financial Times U.S. managing editor

A memo to the Financial Times staff says Martin Dickson is replacing Gillian Tett as U.S. managing editor. Tett “is going on a short and long-planned book leave on September 1,” writes editor Lionel Barber. “Gillian will return to a top management and comment role in the New Year, and as an Assistant Editor will continue to write columns for the op-ed pages, magazine and newspaper.”

Barber’s memo is after the jump.

FT editor Lionel Barber’s memo to staff:

Today, I am announcing several important changes in senior editorial management.

Martin Dickson will become US Managing Editor on September 1, taking over from Gillian Tett who is going on a short and long-planned book leave on September 1. Gillian will return to a top management and comment role in the New Year, and as an Assistant Editor will continue to write columns for the op-ed pages, magazine and newspaper.

John Thornhill, who has done an outstanding job as News Editor for the past three and a half years, will become Deputy Editor. John has served across the paper and the world, first as a UK companies reporter and Lex writer in London, and later as Moscow bureau chief, Asia Editor, Paris bureau chief and European Editor.

Alec Russell, currently Comment and Analysis Editor, will become News Editor. Fred Studemann, currently Analysis Editor, will become Comment and Analysis Editor. He will become an Assistant Editor. We will be advertising separately for the post of Big Page Editor.

I would like to pay tribute to Gillian for the superb job she has done in the US over the past two and a half years. The FT has won numerous prizes, provided cutting
edge news and analysis during the global financial crisis and set up new forms of print and digital ventures, including the award-winning collaboration with ProPublica.
Overall the FT brand has grown in prominence during her tenure.

Martin Dickson’s move to New York underlines the importance the FT attaches to the US and he will work closely with Gillian to ensure a smooth handover. As a further move to strengthen our management team in the US, I am promoting Gary Silverman to the post of Deputy US Managing Editor. Gary will continue to act as US News Editor responsible for co-ordinating US coverage with our American bureaux and London.

I would like to thank Martin for the critical role he has played in the FT’s success since 2005, when he became Deputy Editor. He has been an invaluable source of support and sound judgment, while stamping his authority on all areas of the newspaper. Please wish him and the new editorial management team in London every success.

Lionel Barber

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