Schlesinger Named Top Reuters Editor

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News and financial information provider Reuters Group PLC on Wednesday appointed David Schlesinger to be its new editor in chief, replacing Geert Linnebank, who will become a senior adviser to the company’s chief executive.

Schlesinger, who has been global managing editor and head of editorial operations since 2003, will take over in January 2007.

“David’s experience as a journalist and editor across three continents makes him particularly well-suited to lead the world’s most successful global news operation,” Reuters Chief Executive Tom Glocer said in a statement.

“He has steered editorial operations through strategic and structural change, while demonstrating concern and compassion for journalists facing the day-to-day problems of working under difficult and sometimes dangerous conditions.”

Schlesinger, a U.S. national, joined Reuters in 1987 as a correspondent in Hong Kong.

Reuters said that Linnebank would advise Glocer on “a range of news and content-related areas, including Reuters joint ventures in India and other international strategic opportunities for the company.”

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