WSJ’s New Corporate Group

The Wall Street Journal’s created an all-new corporate group in New York, according to a memo sent out to staff today and obtained by Talking Biz News. Andrew Dowell, currently the Nweswires global news editor, will lead the group: “the aims are to strengthen co-operation between Newswires and Journal reporters,” the memo, from managing editor Robert Thomson, reads in part.

Dowell will be responsible for leading coverage on the big corporations that the WSJ covers: including General Electric, IBM, Procter & Gamble, etc.

The full memo is after the jump.

“We have created an all-new New York corporate group and appointed the inimitable, almost all-new Andrew Dowell, currently the Newswires global news editor, to lead the group. In this post, Drew is charged with bringing together coverage from an array of Journal bureaus and forging a focused team that will be responsible for some of our biggest and most important corporate beats, including General Electric, IBM, telecoms, Procter & Gamble, New York retail and fashion, and recruiting and management. The aims are to strengthen co-operation between Newswires and Journal reporters, and to add urgency and energy to our corporate coverage.

“An 11-year veteran of Dow Jones Newswires, and an original hubbite, Drew was hired in 1998 as a stringer in Cairo for the wires. In 2002, he became managing editor of the energy service and, in 2005, was appointed deputy managing editor of the Dow Jones News Service, overseeing the corporate news beats and directly running coverage of financial services. On the Hub, Drew has been central to the improved coordination between the wires and the Journal, and done stints on the corporate desk, on Page 1, and in the marketing group. He will report to Matt Murray and Gabriella Stern. Please join us in wishing Drew all the best in his new job.”

Dowell is a 1989 graduate of Emory University in history and a 1994 graduate of Georgia State University in communications/journalism. He’s been at Dow Jones for the past decade.