11 September, 2019: Last night, Financial Times’ deputy editor, Roula Khalaf, and US editor-at-large and chair of the editorial board, Gillian Tett, hosted a celebration to introduce the newly appointed US managing editor, Peter Spiegel, at SECOND. in midtown Manhattan.
The reception brought together more than 200 guests from the worlds of business, finance, politics and media to commemorate the FT’s growing brand and audience, and to welcome Spiegel into his new role as he continues to drive the FT’s US growth strategy. The event also celebrated the FT’s record paying readership of more than one million, a milestone the media organisation achieved earlier this year, ahead of target.
During his remarks, Spiegel said, “We remain one of the only major news organisations in the world where most of our readers are from outside our home market, and that is due in large part to our success here in the US. Much of our recent growth has come from the US where the FT has about a third of its subscribers.”
Spiegel also championed new initiatives to target American readers, highlighting the success of Moral Money, an initiative that explores the fast-growing and international shift towards ethical, sustainable and responsible investing. He said, "This news vertical spearheaded by my predecessor Gillian Tett has already taken off like a rocket both in terms of readers and sponsors. Gillian has once again been ahead of the curve.”
Guests included Samantha Barry, Glamour; Kevin Delaney, Quartz; Tony Fratto, Hamilton Place Strategies; Yasmin Green, Jigsaw; Arianna Huffington, Thrive Global; Jason Kint, Digital Content Next; John Micklethwait, Bloomberg News; Anthony Phillipson, Her Majesty’s Consul General, British Consulate General New York; Christiana Riley, Deutsche Bank; Jake Siewart, Goldman Sachs; Nick Sallon, Twitter; Roberto Saviano, author; Ben Smith, Buzzfeed; Justin B. Smith, Bloomberg Media Group; Mark Thompson, New York Times; and Dirk Wouters, Ambassador of the Kingdom of Belgium.
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