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On Thursday, June 4, the Financial Times gathered 165 guests for a reception to meet the FT’s Washington, DC bureau. Hosted by FT editor Lionel Barber, US managing editor Gillian Tett, and Washington bureau chief Megan Murphy, the event, held at a private home in Georgetown, gathered congressmen, diplomats, government officials, lobbyists and media to formally introduce the FT’s new Washington bureau.
Tett along with Murphy, previously head of fastFT, have transformed the bureau under their new leadership, bringing a renewed focus on US political news to the FT. The bureau changes were part of a string of senior editorial appointments across the US, led by Gillian Tett.
Guests included: Liaquat Ahamed; Mike Allen, Politico; Bruce Andrews, deputy secretary, US Department of Commerce; Martin Baron, executive editor, Washington Post; Joel Benenson, chief strategist and pollster, Hillary for America; Kate Bennett, Politico; Preet Bharara, US attorney for Southern district of New York; Sharon Bowen, commissioner, Commodity Futures Trading Commission; Marcus Brauchli, co-founder and managing partner, North Base Media; Steve Clemons, Washington editor at large, Atlantic; David R. Edelman, senior advisor for internet, innovation, and privacy, White House; Stuart Eizenstat, senior counsel, Covington & Burling LLP; Michael Elliot, president & CEO, ONE, Tony Fratto, partner, Hamilton Place Strategies; Michael Froman, Office of the United States Trade Representative; Juleanna Glover, managing director, Teneo Intelligence; Tammy Haddad, president & CEO, Haddad Media; Carter Ham, former head, US Africa Command; Fred Hochberg, chairman & president, Export-Import Bank of the United States; Congressman Darrell Issa; Peter Kadzik, assistant attorney general, Department of Justice; Maria Teresa Kumar, CEO, Voto Latino; Congressman Sandy Levin; David Litt, Obama speech writer, co-creator of The King of Queens, co-executive producer for The Big Bang Theory; Georgette Mosbacher, president & CEO, Borghese; Sally Quinn; Jessica Rosenworcel, commissioner, FCC; Ratna Sahay, deputy director, International Monetary Fund; Mark Sobel, deputy assistant secretary for international monetary and financial policy, United States Department of the Treasury; Betsey Stevenson, member, Council of Economic Advisors; Congressman Mike Turner; Sir Peter Westmacott, KCMG, LVO, British ambassador to the United States; Peter Wittig, ambassador of Germany to the United States.
Drinks were kindly provided by Moët Hennessy and guests departed with an advanced copy of Gillian Tett’s forthcoming book, The Silo Effect, a gift set from Kiehl’s, Rosebud Perfume Co. lip balm, an FT branded leather notebook and iWallet, the FT 50 Leading Business Pioneers special report and chocolates from Windows Catering.
For photos from the event, visit the FT’s Flickr page.