Thomson Reuters has appointed its North Asia editor as one of the agency’s three regional managing editors.
Brian Rhoads, 42, will by managing editor for North, Central and South America from 29 September.
Rhoads is currently based in Beijing, where he is responsible for Reuters’ news coverage across China, Hong Kong, Korea and Taiwan. He will move to New York after overseeing Reuters coverage of China during next month’s Olympic Games in Beijing.
In his new role, he will head up a region that includes around 650 of the agency’s 2,500 journalists.
Like the agency’s two other managing editors – Europe, Middle East and Africa managing editor Mark Thompson and Asia managing editor Adrian Dickson – Rhoads will report to global managing editor Betty Wong, who previously held the role of Americas managing editor.
Rhoads joined Reuters in 1996 and worked as an editor on the news production desks in Hong Kong and Singapore for five years. He has been reporting from China for the past eight years in roles including China bureau chief and Shanghai bureau chief.
Before joining Reuters, Rhoads worked as a general assignment reporter for daily newspapers in the San Francisco Bay area. He first came to China on a volunteer programme to teach English at a university in Beijing.