Agence France-Presse has announced several new appointments.
Chris Lefkow has been appointed editor-in-chief for the North American operations of Agence France-Presse. He previously covered media and technology for AFP based in Washington, D.C.
Pierre Célérier has been appointed deputy global news director of Agence France-Presse. He replaces Juliette Hollier Larousse, who has been appointed director for Latin America in Montevideo. Célérier will begin in the new position on July 1. He most recently served as AFP technical editor-in-chief.
A former freelancer for the agency in Russia and the U.S., Célérier was a Moscow correspondent from 2000 to 2004. He covered among others the war in Afghanistan before joining the economy desk until 2005, when he was appointed head of the Teheran bureau for four years. Célérier served as head of web and mobile production from 2009 to 2011 before accepting the position of technical editor-in-chief.
Editor-in-chief Florence Biedermann has been appointed director for Europe/Africa and will step into this position in the summer.
Biedermann joined the agency in 1982 and served as a Bonn correspondent before and after the collapse of the Berlin Wall before being posted to Nicosia. She then served as head of the Ankara bureau from 1998 to 2002 before working as editorial journalist and then deputy to the head of the science and culture service until 2007 when she was appointed deputy director for Europe/Africa. In 2009, she took over as editor in chief.
Editor-in-chief for Europe-Africa Christian Chaise has been appointed director for the Middle East in Nicosia. He will start his new position in December.
Chaise joined AFP in 1982 at the Madrid bureau and was a journalist at the international desk from 1984 till 1987 before moving to Johannesburg where he remained until 1992. He then became a White House correspondent until 1998 before being appointed to the Africa desk. He joined the Jerusalem bureau as director for Israel and the Palestinian Territories. In 2004, Chaise was appointed director for the Gulf region based in Dubai and then editor-in-chief for Europe-Africa in 2010.