Khalaf takes place as Financial Times Editor

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by Charlie Spargo

Roula Khalaf has begun her tenure as the Financial Times' first female editor, after its previous one, Lionel Barber, stepped down.

Khalaf was recruited after a year-long process and it was announced in November that she would take over from Barber.

Barber was "banged out" from the FT newsroom yesterday, and this morning was Khalaf's first in the top spot at the 132-year-old broadsheet.

Today, she said on her personal Twitter: "This is my first day as editor. Looking so much forward to working with our terrific journalists."

Speaking at the time the replacement was announced, the Chairman of Nikkei, official owners of the FT, said: "I have full confidence that she will continue the FT’s mission to deliver quality journalism without fear and without favour, inspire and lead a team of the most talented journalists and pursue the FT’s new agenda covering business, finance, economics and world affairs.”

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