Metro International has poached City AM deputy editor Claire Oldfield to become its first deputy global editor-in-chief.
Oldfield had been deputy editor at the financial freesheet since its launch in September 2005, and previously worked for the Daily Mail.
Metro has also appointed Sakari Pitkanen, former editor of Metro Sweden, as global editor-in-chief.
Executive VP of operations Chris Spalding said: "With these key appointments, Metro is building a strong central editorial department. Sakari and Claire will be developing new ways to use Metro's presence worldwide and they will also be further strengthening the department with high-quality journalists and designers. We are very pleased with these new appointments."
The editorial appointments come at a time of expansion for the group, which appointed Tom Symonds from BSkyB to its management team last week.
Oldfield is due to start her new role in April.
Metro International is published in more than 100 cities in 20 countries worldwide and claims a daily readership of 21.5 million. Althouugh it publishes no titles in the UK its head office is in London.