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.”