POLITICO Europe names Jamil Anderlini as top editor

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Jamil Anderlini, an award-winning journalist, editor and published author, will be POLITICO Europe’s new editor-in-chief, the publication announced Monday.  

Anderlini, who joins POLITICO Europe from the Financial Times where he oversaw editorial coverage and strategy throughout Asia, will relocate to Brussels from Hong Kong in October to lead the 100-strong editorial team.  

“In a few short years, POLITICO Europe has become the dominant voice in political journalism on the Continent,” Anderlini said. “I feel a great sense of excitement to be working with this team of exceptionally talented journalists and am thrilled by the opportunity with them to help this publication grow.”  

Anderlini will take over the top editorial role from John Harris, POLITICO’s founding editor and chairman of POLITICO Europe’s editorial advisory board, who has been acting in the position since the sudden death of the previous editor-in-chief, Stephen Brown, in March.  

In a note sent to all staff announcing the appointment Monday, Harris highlighted Anderlini’s leadership credentials, noting “he has a demonstrated record of helping people expand their horizons and out-perform their own expectations. He supports his reporters and wins their loyalty. He believes that journalistic excellence and the diversity of newsrooms are mutually reinforcing.” 

Harris added that Anderlini is “a recognized intellectual and moral leader,” who “regularly had to stand firm with Chinese authorities trying to intimidate him or other FT journalists.” 

POLITICO Europe, launched in 2015 as a joint venture between POLITICO and Axel Springer, announced in a statement that Anderlini will take the helm of the newsroom as the company prepares “for a new phase of growth fueled by ambitious and impactful journalism after its most successful year to date.”  

Anderlini, a U.S. and New Zealand dual national who speaks fluent Mandarin, has spent the past 14 years at the Financial Times, close to six of them as its Asia editor. Prior to that, he was the FT’s bureau chief in Beijing, and before that, the Beijing correspondent for the South China Morning Post and the chief editor of the China Economic Review.  

Axel Springer CEO Mathias Döpfner said he was confident Anderlini’s “Asia-influenced perspective will enrich POLITICO Europe’s distinctive voice.”

“Stephen’s death has been a devastating blow for all of us,” Döpfner said. “I am grateful to John for his outstanding leadership in these difficult last months and to the colleagues in the newsroom who, despite the grief, kept up their excellent work and full dedication.”  

Robert Allbritton, the executive chairman and publisher of POLITICO LLC, said Anderlini’s move “is a splendid convergence: One of the most successful new media platforms of the generation will now be guided by one of the most promising media leaders of his generation.”  

Claire Boussagol, POLITICO Europe’s CEO, said “Jamil’s global experience, fresh pair of eyes and sharp intellect, together with the recognized collective talent of our newsroom will prove to be a recipe for ongoing success. I could not be happier to work by his side as we strive to take the publication to new heights.”    

POLITICO Europe, which achieved profitability within its first four years, has newsrooms in Brussels, London, Berlin and Paris.  

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