The Financial Times today announces the appointment of Robert Armstrong as head of Lex (@thelexcolumn), the flagship daily opinion column available to premium subscribers and located on the back page of the FT newspaper.

Armstrong assumes the role from October and will relocate from New York to London in January 2014, where he will manage Lex’s renowned team of columnists based throughout the globe.

Lionel Barber, editor of the FT, said “Robert brings clear and practical knowledge of global companies and markets. He has already been instrumental in shaping the most respected business column in the world. His appointment ensures that the FT’s financial commentary will remain sharp and indispensable across all platforms, especially as Lex enters the next phase of digital development.”

Since joining the FT in 2011, Armstrong has served as US Lex editor and US Lex columnist, focusing on US technology, healthcare and consumer goods companies. Prior to this, he was a senior columnist at Dow Jones Investment Banker and an equities securities analyst at Seminole Capital Partners.

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