Becky McKinlay has been appointed managing director of Alpha Grid, a content production studio that helps brands to win trust and grow their business by telling stories that inspire, intrigue and influence. Alpha Grid is part of the Financial Times Group.

An experienced business leader and marketer, McKinlay joins Alpha Grid from The Economist Group where she was head of client strategy, creative and media for Economist Impact since May 2020 and prior to that, Managing Director of TVC Group. She has also held senior global roles at WPP, founded and led Ambition Communications over a 12 year period and has worked client side in the technology, publishing and travel industries.

McKinlay said: “Joining Alpha Grid presents a rare opportunity: to lead a business with a compelling track record, at a pivotal stage of its evolution. I am excited to build on what’s already in place and to maximise Alpha Grid’s potential, all within a business that’s now an established part of the FT.”

FT chief commercial officer Jon Slade said: "We are thrilled and excited to welcome Becky into the role. She impressed us greatly, not least with her experience, but also her vision for Alpha Grid's future, and the value she places on strong company culture and talent growth.”

The FT bought a controlling stake in Alpha Grid in 2016 in order to accelerate its branded content offering, and the remaining stake at the beginning of 2020. Founder Roslyn Shaw remained managing director until March 2022. Alpha Grid is now a fully integrated business ready for its next phase of growth. 


For more information, please contact:

Mark Staniland, senior communications manager, Financial Times |

Sarah Mackenzie, strategic growth and communications director, Alpha Grid |

About the Financial Times

The Financial Times is one of the world’s leading business news organisations, recognised internationally for its authority, integrity and accuracy. The FT has a record paying readership of 1.2 million, more than one million of which are digital subscriptions. It is part of Nikkei Inc., which provides a broad range of information, news and services for the global business community.

About Alpha Grid

Alpha Grid is a content production studio helping brands to win trust and grow their business by telling stories that inspire, intrigue and influence. Alpha Grid’s global team of journalists and creatives offer content production and advisory to business, financial and luxury clients. It is part of the Financial Times Group and operates both collaboratively and independently of the FT.