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On Tuesday, September 23, the Financial Times welcomed 175 guests to a reception on The Roof at the Viceroy Hotel in New York.
Hosted by Editor Lionel Barber, US Managing Editor Gillian Tett and Deputy CEO and Global Commercial Director Ben Hughes, the event celebrated new developments at the FT, including the refresh of the 126-year-old pink paper and Tett’s appointment.
Ben Hughes made introductory remarks, saying, “The refresh of our global print edition truly underlines the confidence that we have in the sustainability of print.”
Lionel Barber also addressed the room, saying “It is an incredibly exciting time to be in journalism – we are in the innovation business now and we have several new products launching.”
Guests included Edmond Alphandery, Former Minister of Economy, France; Nick Astbury, Deputy Consul-General, British Consulate General New York; Richard Blum, Chairman and President of Blum Capital; Poppy Harlow, correspondent, CNN; Bill Keller, former executive editor of the New York Times; Jonathan Ledecky, Founder & CEO, UTA Media Partners; James T. MacGregor, Vice Chairman, The Abernathy MacGregor Group Inc; Edmund Lee, Managing Editor, Re/code; Kenneth Li, Editor-in-Chief, Re/code; Lucas van Praag, Managing Partner, Fitzroy Communications; Judith Price, President, National Jewelry Institute; William Rhodes, Senior Advisor, Citigroup Inc.; Thomas Rogers, President & CEO, TiVo; Kevin Rudd, former prime minister of Australia; Andy Serwer, former managing editor, Fortune; Martin Sorrell, CEO, WPP Group; Jonathan Wald, executive producer, CNN Tonight; Sir Peter Westmacott, British Ambassador to the United States; Ben White, Chief Economic Correspondent, Politico; and Mort Zuckerman, Co-Founder & Chairman, Boston Properties, Publisher, NY Daily News.
The crowd enjoyed canapés and a specialty pink cocktail named after the paper’s new custom typeface, Financier. After mingling well into the night, they left with goody bags that included Chief FT Economics Commentator Martin Wolf’s new book, The Shifts and the Shocks: What We’ve Learned–and Have Still to Learn–from the Financial Crisis, and a gift set from Folli Follie.
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