Agence France-Presse Announces Changes to Bureau Chiefs


Agence France-Presse has announced changes to bureau and service chiefs within the organization. AFP policy requires a turnover of these positions, on average, every four years.

These appointments include:

Charles Onians, a journalist in the Paris Bureau, is to take over as bureau chief in The Hague on Sept.1.

Emmanuel Duparcq, reporter in the Islamabad bureau, takes over as bureau chief on July 1. He will be responsible for supervising news coverage in Pakistan and Afghanistan.

Jean-Luc Bardet, deputy editor-in-chief from 2008 to 2012, took over as Brussels bureau chief on June 18.

Guillaume Klein, a journalist in the political department covering the French Prime Minister’s Office, has been appointed to head up the Rabat bureau. He will take over on Aug. 20.

Salomon Ketz, the Baghdad bureau chief, takes over as Beirut bureau chief on July 1. He will supervise news coverage in Lebanon and Syria. He was replaced by his deputy, Prashant Rao on June 15.

Barry Parker, deputy editor-in-chief, will takes as Sydney bureau chief on Nov. 1, replacing Marc Lavine, the future editor-in-chief for the Asia-Pacific region.

Philippe Alfroy, is appointed Ankara bureau chief as of Aug. 20. He has covered the French presidency since 2007.

Patrick Lescot, a journalist on the Europe Desk since 2009, has been appointed to head the Beijing bureau as of Sept. 1.

Pierre Briand, a journalist on the Africa Desk, is to take over as Kinshasa bureau chief on July 20.

Giles Hewitt, will manage the Seoul bureau as of Sept. 1. He is currently AFP director for South Asia in New Delhi.

Christian Otton, currently head of the English desk for the Europe-Africa region, will replace Giles Hewitt in heading up the New Delhi Bureau as of Sept. 1.

Jacques Lhuillery, a journalist on the Africa Desk, has been appointed to lead the Tokyo Bureau. He will start his duties on July 9.

Pierre Ausseill, deputy editor-in-chief, will take over the Rio de Janeiro bureau as of July 23. 

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