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Zanny Minton Beddoes appointed editor of The Economist

The Economist Group announced yesterday that Zanny Minton Beddoes has been named as the 17th editor of The Economist.

Zanny succeeds John Micklethwait, the editor for the past nine years, during which time the circulation grew from 1.1 million to 1.6 million.

She is currently The Economist’s business affairs editor, overseeing the newspaper’s business, finance, economics, science and technology coverage. She previously served as its economics editor. She joined The Economist in 1994, after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund.

Rupert Pennant-Rea, chairman of The Economist Group, as well as a former editor of The Economist, said: “The Board has chosen Zanny as editor, someone who is a fine leader, with long experience on the paper. She will be a true advocate for The Economist and its values.”

Zanny Minton Beddoes said: “I am delighted to be given the opportunity to edit The Economist. It is one of journalism’s great institutions, with an extraordinarily talented staff.”

She takes up her appointment on February 2nd.

Editors of The Economist

James Wilson (1843-1857)

Richard Holt Hutton (1857-1861)

Walter Bagehot (1861-1877)

Daniel Conner Lathbury (1877-1881)

R.H.I. Palgrave (1877-1883)

Edward Johnstone (1883-1907)

F.W. Hirst (1907-1916)

Hartley Withers (1916-1921)

W.T. Layton (1922-1938)

Geoffrey Crowther (1938-1956)

Donald Tyerman (1956-1965)

Alastair Burnet (1965-1974)

Andrew Knight (1974-1986)

Rupert Pennant-Rea (1986-1993)

Bill Emmott (1993-2006)

John Micklethwait (2006-2015)

Zanny Minton Beddoes (2015-)