It may be hard for many to believe, but The Economist – surely the world’s highest quality political English language weekly – has a new editor in chief who’s a she!

The Economist Group has announced Zanny Minton Beddoes as the 17th editor of The Economist., succeeding John Micklethwait, the editor for the past nine years.

Zanny is currently The Economist’s business affairs editor, overseeing the newspaper’s business, finance, economics, science and technology coverage. She previously served as its economics editor. She joined The Economist in 1994, after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Rupert Pennant-Rea, chairman of The Economist Group, as well as a former editor of The Economist, said: “The Board has chosen Zanny as editor, someone who is a fine leader, with long experience on the paper. She will be a true advocate for The Economist and its values.”

Zanny Minton Beddoes said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to edit The Economist. It is one of journalism’s great institutions, with an extraordinarily talented staff.”  Her appointment COM February 2nd.

Said Prof. Tom Plate, Asia Media International editor in chief and founder: “The Economist is a hugely influential and readable international newspaper, and we here at Asia Media in Los Angeles find its weekly ‘Asia’ section absolutely indispensable in our work. We wish Lady Zanny great success, and congratulate John Micklethwait on a tremendous, distinguished ninezanny-year run at the helm.”


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