David Wighton, business and city editor of The Times, has been promoted to associate editor for business and politics.
In his new role, Wighton will become the paper’s chief business commentator, writing a column for the opinion pages of The Times covering these topics.
He will also write a weekly column for the business section of The Times and provide analysis on economic policy and business across news pages.
Ian King will replace Wighton as business and city editor, with both men starting their new roles on 31 January.
James Harding, editor of The Times, said: “The economy and the future of British business is the key story of the next few years.
‘David Wighton, who is the most respected voice on corporate life in Britain, will cover the political economy, ranging from the City to Westminster, the factory floor to the executive suite.
‘He has been an outstanding business editor, driving The Times’s coverage beyond the newspaper and into its new digital editions, leading this country’s best-read business section and writing a daily business column that is required reading.
‘I am enormously excited that he is bringing his contacts, judgment and forceful opinion to his new role as a full-time columnist.’