The Economist names its 17th editor, Zanny Minton Beddoes
Beddoes spent two years as an economist at the IMF working on macroeconomic adjustment programs in Africa and the transition economies of Eastern Europe, before The Economist in 1994
London, UK – January 25, 2015 — The Economist Group announced today that Zanny Minton Beddoes has been named as the 17th editor of The Economist.
She succeeds John Micklethwait, the editor for the past nine years, during which time the circulation grew from 1.1 million to 1.6 million. Zanny is currently The Economist’s business affairs editor, overseeing the newspaper’s business, finance, economics, science and technology coverage. She previously served as its economics editor. She joined The Economist in 1994, after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund.
Rupert Pennant-Rea, chairman of The Economist Group, as well as a former editor of The Economist, said:
“The Board has chosen Zanny as editor, someone who a fine leader, with long experience on the paper. She will be a true advocate for The Economist and its values.”
Zanny Minton Beddoes said:
“I am delighted to be given the opportunity to edit The Economist. It is one of journalism’s great institutions, with an extraordinarily talented staff.”
She takes up her appointment on February 2nd.