The Financial Times today announces three editorial appointments, underscoring its continued investment in producing quality, authoritative journalism:

Christine Spolar, Investigations and Special Projects Editor (London)

Spolar will work closely with the FT’s network of award-winning journalists across the globe to spearhead in-depth investigative reports for the newspaper and FT.com.

Spolar’s career in journalism spans more than three decades. She has worked on investigations for newspapers, television and websites, covering long-running conflicts in Iraq, Israel, Lebanon and Bosnia. She was a national correspondent in the US and a foreign correspondent in the Middle East and Europe. She has worked for the Washington Post, the Chicago Tribune, CBS 60 Minutes, Bloomberg News and The Huffington Post Investigative Fund. She was also a Fulbright lecturer in Slovenia and a Kiplinger Fellow.

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Michael Mackenzie, US Markets Editor (New York)

As US markets editor, Mackenzie will lead the FT’s coverage and analysis of US stocks, bonds, commodities, foreign exchange, derivatives, wealth and fund management.

Mackenzie was formerly US markets correspondent for the FT and in 2008 was part of a team honored by the Society of American Business Editors and Writers (SABEW) with a Best in Business award for their coverage of US markets and the Federal Reserve. Before joining the FT in 2006, he covered capital markets for Dow Jones Newswires. Prior to entering journalism, he was an interest rate swap options broker for Tullett & Tokyo, serving in their Tokyo, New York, Toronto, London and Hong Kong offices.

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Shahien Nasiripour, Financial and Regulatory Correspondent (New York)

Nasiripour joins the FT to cover US financial regulation. In this role, he will work closely with journalists in New York and Washington to report on how US legislation impacts business and finance, with an added focus on housing and financial firms.

Nasiripour previously served as chief business correspondent for The Huffington Post and as a reporter for the Center for Investigative Reporting, the South Florida Sun-Sentinel and The Providence Journal.

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Gillian Tett, US managing editor of the FT, said: “I am pleased to announce these appointments, each of which shows that the FT continues to attract the most talented minds in journalism. With their unique backgrounds and global perspectives, Christine, Michael and Shahien embody the FT’s commitment to providing the sharpest and clearest voices on world news, especially amid a global financial crisis.”