Waal Street Journal Europe fills key posts

The Wall Street Journal Europe has made two key appointments. Paul Beckett is the new European finance and markets editor and deputy chief of the London bureau, and Michael Williams is chief of the Southern Europe bureau, based in Paris.

Beckett will oversee all European banking, finance and markets coverage for the global editions of the Wall Street Journal, and will run the London-based finance and markets team.

He will continue to report and write on corporate and retail banking and finance, which he has been covering in the USA for the past five years. A Scot, Beckett joined the Wall Street Journal in 1998 as a banking reporter for the Money and Investing section, following five years as a reporter for Dow Jones Newswires in New York, London, Mexico City and Washington. He joined Dow Jones & Company, the paper’s owner, in 1990 as a reporter for its affiliated newspaper, the Newburyport Daily News in Massachusetts.

Williams will direct 11 Journal reporters and will also have responsibility for guiding pan-European energy coverage, working with a team of three reporters in Paris, London and Moscow. He joined the Wall Street Journal’s Tokyo bureau in 1992 as news editor and later became Japanese economic/political correspondent.

In 1996, he moved to New York as assistant foreign editor for the Wall Street Journal, returning to Japan as the Journal’s Tokyo bureau chief in 1999.

By Jean Morgan

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