Financial Times editor Lionel Barber has announced a series of senior editorial changes, with correspondents and editors moving between the Far East, Africa and Europe.
David Pilling is the paper’s new Asia editor and will be in charge of its Asia edition from his Hong Kong base. The former pharmaceuticals correspondent and London-based deputy editor will also write a weekly comment piece for the FT as well as special features focussing on China, India and Japan.
His predecessor, Victor Mallet, is moving to become the paper’s Madrid bureau chief after two years in Hong Kong.
Barber said: ‘David is one of the FT’s most experienced correspondents, having worked in Latin America and Japan, where his coverage has won widespread acclaim. I would like to thank Victor for his role both as a correspondent and editor in helping to make the FT a must-read among decision-makers in Asia. David will be a worthy successor.’
James Lamont, currently the FT’s world news editor, is moving to New Delhi as its South Asia bureau chief, replacing Jo Johnson who moves to London to edit the back page Lex column on markets.
Alec Russell is the paper’s incoming world news editor, based in London. He has spent two years as its Johannesburg bureau chief and three as The Daily Telegraph’s Washington bureau chief.