Gideon Lichfield is joining Atlantic Media Group’s new global business brand, Quartz, as global news editor. Kevin Delaney, editor-in-chief of Quartz, announced the news this morning. Quartz, which will launch later this year, can be found at qz.com.
Lichfield, whose smoldering eyes are pictured here, comes to Quartz from The Economist, where he was media editor, writing about the entertainment industry, the news media, publishing, and the effects of technology on society. Prior to that he was the magazine’s deputy digital editor and is said to have played a key role in developing its online strategy.
Claim to fame: Lichfield is fluent in five languages. He co-edited Johnson, The Economist‘s language blog. He also was the founding editorial director of the e-learning business, Economist Education, and was editorial director of The Economist Film Project, a partnership with PBS Newshour. He began his career at The Economist in 1996. His first position there was as a London-based science correspondent. He moved on to become bureau chief in Mexico City, Moscow, and Jerusalem.
“I care deeply about serious, global journalism, but I also believe the way we do it needs reinventing for the digital age,” said Lichfield in a release.