Financial Times names new Asia editor

The Financial Times has announced two senior editorial appointments. David Pilling is named Africa editor, retaining his role as associate editor. Beijing bureau chief Jamil Anderlini replaces Pilling as Asia editor. He is also promoted to assistant editor.

Pilling and Anderlini will take up their new positions from January 2016 in London and Hong Kong respectively.

“David’s unique insight, experience and leadership will bring great strength to the FT’s coverage of Africa as a hugely important continent for global business,” said Lionel Barber, editor of the Financial Times.

He added: “Jamil has been outstanding as the FT’s Beijing bureau chief over the past four years. His deep, original reporting of the rise of China as a global superpower has been written with great insight and sensitivity, taking our coverage to new levels and widening our appeal. This experience will be of great advantage in his new role as we grow our digital operations and reach in Asia.”

Pilling joined the FT in 1990 from the Africa Economic Digest, serving first in London as a sub-editor and later as a correspondent in Santiago and Buenos Aires. Prior to his appointment as Asia editor in 2008, Pilling was the FT’s Tokyo bureau chief for six years.

Anderlini has served as Beijing bureau chief since 2011. Prior to joining the FT, he was Beijing business correspondent for the South China Morning Post and chief editor for China Economic Review. He has been based in China since 2000.