Editor, Financial Times
Lionel Barber has served as editor of the Financial Times since November 2005. He rose through the ranks during a stellar reporting career, and his association with the newspaper spans nearly 30 years. Previously, he was U.S. managing editor at the paper, as well as editor of the continental European edition. During that assignment, Mr. Barber was invited to brief George W. Bush ahead of the president’s inaugural mission to Europe. Other positions at the Financial Times have included news editor from 1998 to 2000, Brussels bureau chief from 1992 to 1998, and both Washington, D.C. correspondent and U.S. editor from 1986 to 1992.
Mr. Barber has cowritten several books and has lectured widely on U.S. foreign policy, transatlantic relations, European security, and monetary policies in the United States and Europe. He appears regularly on international TV and radio, and graduated from St. Edmund Hall, Oxford University with joint honors in German and modern history. He speaks fluent French and German.
Mr. Barber’s work has been recognized with numerous honors starting in 1981, when he was named Young Journalist of the Year by the British Press Awards. In 1985, he was the Laurence Stern Fellow at the Washington Post, and in 1992 Mr. Barber was a visiting scholar at the Institute of Governmental Studies at the University of California, Berkeley. In 1996, Mr. Barber served as a visiting fellow at the European University Institute in Florence, Italy. In 1998, he was named one of the 101 Most Influential Europeans by Le Nouvel Observateur, and in 2009 he was awarded the St. George Society Medal of Honor for his contributions to journalism and the international community. In February 2011, Mr. Barber was appointed to the Board of Trustees of the Tate.