Zanny Minton Beddoes Named Editor of The Economist

She is the first female editor in the magazine's 172-year history

The Economist Group, parent of The Economist, has named Zanny Minton Beddoes editor of the magazine. She is the 17th editor — and the first female editor — in The Economist’s 172-year history.

Minton Beddoes most recently served as the magazine’s business affairs editor and worked as economics editor. She has been with The Economist since 1994.

In an announcement, Rupert Pennant-Rea, chairman of The Economist Group, said Minton Beddoes is a “fine leader” and “a true advocate for The Economist and its values.”

Minton Beddoes is succeeding John Micklethwait, who served as the magazine’s editor for the past nine years.

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