John Micklethwait Succeeds Bill Emmott

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NEW YORK (AdAge.com) -- The Economist magazine today named John Micklethwait to be its 16th editor, succeeding Bill Emmott, who stepped down in February after 13 years in the post.
John Micklethwait
Mr. Micklethwait, whose appointment is effective immediately, has been the London-based magazine’s U.S. editor and previously edited the business section, opened the Los Angeles office and held the posts of media correspondent and New York bureau chief. He joined The Economist in 1987.

He will have large expectations to meet. Under Mr. Emmott's reign, The Economist expanded its paid circulation to 1.1 million from just over 500,000. The title is trying to expand further in the U.S., where it already has more readers than it does in Britain, and elsewhere around the globe.

"John's love of politics and knowledge of America and business will set him in good stead as editor of this great publication," said Helen Alexander, CEO, The Economist Group.

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