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Dow Jones Promotes Gerard Baker, Robert Thomson to Lead New Publishing Unit

A couple big changes at Dow Jones & Company are taking place. Effective January 1, 2013, Gerard Baker will be the editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, and Robert Thomson will be CEO of News Corp’s publishing unit.

Baker was most recently the deputy editor-in-chief of the Journal, a role he has had since 2009. He is succeeding Thomson, who had been editor of Dow Jones and managing editor of the Journal for the past five years.

“Gerry Baker’s extensive background across digital and print, as well as publications and geographies, has helped shape the Journal’s coverage during his time as deputy editor-in-chief, said Lex Fenwick, CEO of Dow Jones & Company and publisher of the Journal, in a statement. ”I am thrilled to work with him as he builds on Robert Thomson’s fantastic work to steer us to even greater heights.”

“It has been a joy and an education to be a member of the Dow Jones newsroom these last four years, and I am acutely conscious of what an extraordinary privilege and profound responsibility it is to be editor-in-chief,” added Baker.

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