Financial Times Gets First Ever Female Editor

London: Roula Khalaf on Tuesday became the first woman editor of The Financial Times in its 131-year history. The development came after Lionel Barber announced that he would step down from the post in January.

Khalaf will reportedly join Katharine Viner at the Guardian as one of the few women to edit major newspapers in Britain.

“I’m thrilled to be leading the most talented newsroom through the next chapter of FT excellence,” Business Standard quoted Khalaf as saying.

Khalaf, who hails from Lebanon, joined the Financial Times in 1995 and worked as deputy editor, foreign editor and Middle East editor.

Before joining the Financial Times, Roula Khalaf, who holds a master’s degree from Columbia University, worked at Forbes magazine in New York.

(With inputs from agencies)