Latour Named Asia Editor of Dow Jones Newswires

Thu May 24, 2012 9:11am EDT

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NEW YORK and HONG KONG, May 24, 2012 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) -- Almar Latour has been appointed editor-in-chief for Dow Jones Newswires in Asia, in addition to his responsibilities as editor-in-chief, Asia, of The Wall Street Journal, a position he has held since 2009.

The appointment comes as editorial operations of Dow Jones Newswires and The Wall Street Journal in Asia become a single news operation with common focus on delivering reliable, differentiated news and analysis on the world and the world of business. In his expanded role, Mr. Latour will lead efforts to further strengthen the editorial coverage and expansion through digital, local-language and other initiatives.

Mr. Latour has overseen the Journal's expansion across all platforms in the region, including The Wall Street Journal Asia and asia.WSJ.com, as well as its Chinese and Japanese-language editions online.

"Under Almar's leadership, The Wall Street Journal in Asia has soared to new heights, with more than 10 million readers accessing our preeminent coverage across platforms and languages, including Chinese, Japanese, Korean and Hindi," said Robert Thomson, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. "He is a thoughtful mentor and a fearless, peerless journalist who will lead a talented team of reporters and editors with determination and distinction."

Neal Lipschutz, managing editor of Dow Jones Newswires, added, "With Almar at the helm of both Dow Jones Newswires and the Journal in Asia, the integration of our editorial resources is entering a new chapter. Our combined news team will be stronger than ever and ready to deliver even more top-quality coverage of some of the fastest-growing economies in the world."

Mr. Latour will report to Mr. Thomson for overall strategy, new initiatives and The Wall Street Journal, and to Mr. Lipschutz for Dow Jones Newswires.

About Mr. Latour

A 17-year veteran of The Wall Street Journal, Mr. Latour previously was managing editor for The Wall Street Journal Online, where he oversaw a period of rapid editorial expansion and digital traffic growth. Prior to that he was the Journal's technology bureau chief in New York and a reporter. He also worked as a reporter for The Wall Street Journal Europe in London and Stockholm, and for one of its magazines in Brussels. He interned at The Wall Street Journal Europe before joining as a news assistant in the Washington, D.C. bureau.

About Dow Jones

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