Lionel Barber

  • Editor, Financial Times (2005-2020)
  • Expert on US foreign policy and Transatlantic relations
  • US Managing Editor, Financial Times (2002-05)


Lionel Barber was the editor of the Financial Times from 2005-2020, during which time he helped transform the FT from a newspaper publisher into a multi-channel global news organization. 

During his editorship the FT won many international awards for its journalism, including three ‘Newspaper of the Year’ awards in Britain, an unprecedented achievement. During his 14-year tenure, paying readership more than doubled to 1.1m, driven by a digital revolution in the newsroom founded on trustworthy quality journalism. 

Barber has co-written several books, including a history of Reuters news agency, The Price of Truth, and has lectured widely on US foreign policy, economics, finance, new media and the future of capitalism. As editor, he interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: US Presidents Donald Trump and Obama, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President of Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Chinese premiers Wen Jiabao and Li Keqiang 

Throughout his career Barber appeared regularly on radio and television and moderated or spoken at prestigious conferences such as Allen & Co’s Sun Valley, Google Camp, Davos, and the Aspen Ideas Festival. 

Barber began his career in journalism in 1978 as a reporter for The Scotsman when he was awarded the young journalist of the year in Britain. He then moved to The Sunday Times as a business correspondent and joined the FT in 1985 as a business reporter. During his FT career, he has also served as Washington correspondent, Brussels bureau chief, news editor, European editor, and US managing editor.

Barber has received numerous prestigious awards including the Laurence Stern Fellowship at the Washington Post (1985), a Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowship (1991), a visiting scholarship at the University of California at Berkeley (1992) and a visiting fellowship at the Robert Schuman Center at the European University Institute in Florence (1996). In 2009, Barber was awarded the St George Society medal of honor for his commendable contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. And in 2016, he was made a Chevalier in the French Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for his journalism. 

In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees at The Tate and serves as a trustee on the board of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He graduated in 1978 from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, with a joint honours degree in German and modern history and speaks fluent French and German.

 

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Lionel Barber was the editor of the Financial Times from 2005-2020, during which time he helped transform the FT from a newspaper publisher into a multi-channel global news organization.

During his editorship the FT won many international awards for its journalism, including three ‘Newspaper of the Year’ awards in Britain, an unprecedented achievement. During his 14-year tenure, paying readership more than doubled to 1.1m, driven by a digital revolution in the newsroom founded on trustworthy quality journalism.

Barber has co-written several books, including a history of Reuters news agency, The Price of Truth, and has lectured widely on US foreign policy, economics, finance, new media and the future of capitalism. As editor, he interviewed many of the world’s leaders in business and politics, including: US Presidents Donald Trump and Obama, President Vladimir Putin of Russia, Chancellor Angela Merkel of Germany, President of Hassan Rouhani of Iran and Chinese premiers Wen Jiabao and Li Keqiang

Throughout his career Barber appeared regularly on radio and television and moderated or spoken at prestigious conferences such as Allen & Co’s Sun Valley, Google Camp, Davos and the Aspen Ideas Festival.

Barber began his career in journalism in 1978 as a reporter for The Scotsman when he was awarded the young journalist of the year in Britain. He then moved to The Sunday Times as a business correspondent and joined the FT in 1985 as a business reporter. During his FT career, he has also served as Washington correspondent, Brussels bureau chief, news editor, European editor, and US managing editor.

Barber has received numerous prestigious awards including the Laurence Stern Fellowship at the Washington Post (1985), a Woodrow Wilson Foundation fellowship (1991), a visiting scholarship at the University of California at Berkeley (1992) and a visiting fellowship at the Robert Schuman Center at the European University Institute in Florence (1996). In 2009, Barber was awarded the St George Society medal of honor for his commendable contribution to journalism in the transatlantic community. And in 2016, he was made a Chevalier in the French Ordre National de la Légion d’Honneur for his journalism. 

In 2011, he was appointed to the Board of Trustees at The Tate and serves as a trustee on the board of the Carnegie Corporation of New York. He graduated in 1978 from St Edmund Hall, Oxford University, with a joint honours degree in German and modern history and speaks fluent French and German.

References:

Vartan Gregorian, president of the Carnegie Corporation, former president of the New York Public Library and president of Brown University and provost of the University of Pennsylvania

Marjorie Scardino, former chief executive of Pearson, then owner of the Financial Times.

Tsuneo Kita, president of Nikkei, current owner of the FT.