Mark Thompson Joins CNNMoney

Mark Thompson has joined CNNMoney as assistant managing editor. Thompson previously worked at Reuters in a variety of roles. At CNNMoney, Thompson is overseeing the site’s international content.

According to a memo from Lex Haris, CNNMoney’s managing editor, Thompson will be hiring two reporters in London, and an editor and reporter in Hong Kong.

The full note from Haris is below.

Our global expansion is about to gain momentum. Mark Thompson has joined us as assistant managing editor, overseeing CNNMoney’s international newsgathering. Today is Day 1.

This is a huge step in helping us better cover the European debt crisis, global markets and China’s economy. We’ll also be able to exploit the time zones to make our domestic newsgathering even stronger.

When we launched the international homepage in the spring, we wanted to offer global content to our overseas readership, which makes up more than 10% of our traffic. The international homepage has become a gateway to CNNMoney’s overall site. By expanding our editorial team in Europe and Asia, we continue to invest in this growing audience.

Mark spent more than 15 years at Reuters in various roles, most notably running reporting teams in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Toward the end of his time there, he took on several projects, including leading global teams focused on multimedia.

Mark’s first job is to put together a staff: He’ll be hiring two new reporters in London, as well as an editor and a second reporter in Hong Kong.

Mark will be scheduling a New York trip in the near future so you can all welcome him in person.

Lex Haris