Reuters news agency has appointed its first woman editor-in-chief in the agency’s 170-year history. Alessandra Galloni, the agency’s global managing editor, is the agency’s editor-in-chief succeeding Steven Adler who earlier announced that he is retiring.
Galloni will be based in London and sit on Reuters executive committee. She joined Reuters in 2013 as editor of the Southern Europe bureau following 13 years at the Wall Street Journal.
“Alessandra is a transformative and inspirational leader with outstanding journalistic credentials, a truly global perspective and a compelling vision for the future of news,” said Reuters president Michael Friedenberg. “She was the standout candidate in an extensive, global search and highly competitive recruitment process, which featured many impressive internal and external candidates.
“I am thrilled to become editor-in-chief of Reuters,” said Galloni. “For 170 years, Reuters has set the standard for independent, trusted and global reporting. It is an honour to lead a world-class newsroom full of talented, dedicated and inspiring journalists.”