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Lebanese Rula Khalaf, first woman editor-in-chief of Financial Times


Lebanese journalist, Rula Khalaf, has been appointed as editor of the British Financial Times, thus becoming the first woman editor of the newspaper since its launch 131 years ago. Recalling, Khalaf joined the Financial Times 20 years ago and held several positions, including deputy chief editor, editor of foreign affairs and editor of Middle East affairs. Khalaf, who succeeds Lionel Barber who announced he will step down in January, sought in recent years to attract a larger number of women readership and editors for the newsroom. Commenting on her new post, Khalaf expressed enthusiasm in managing the greatest news institution in the world. For his part, Tsuneo Kita, the chairperson of Japan’s Nikkei which owns the Financial Times since 2015, said he absolutely supports Khalaf in light of the many years she spent in the newspaper where she showed integrity and determination. It should be noted, that the Financial Times, which is dubbed one of the most prestigious international newspapers, has been browsed by over one million readers/subscribers in 2019, specifically via its online edition. (An Nahar, November 13, 2019)

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