journal2.pngWall Street Journal editor Robert Thomson sent two memos to staff today announcing the appointments of two top editors at the U.S. and Asia editions of the financial paper.

Deborah Brewster
, formerly of the Financial Times will take the position of deputy managing editor of the Journal early next month, Thomson said.

“She played a key role in the rapid expansion of the US Edition of the Financial Times, where she was instrumental in developing FT.com, created the successful Global Investing section, and [was] largely responsible for ensuring that the FT had a talented and diverse staff,” Thomson added.

Brewster will be in charge of training and hiring programs for the Journal and will oversee the graphics department. Over the course of her 20-year business journalism career she worked for Australian pubs The Australian and The Age before joining FT in 1999.

Thomson today also announced the appointment of Almar Latour as editor-in-chief, Asia, for the Journal. Latour has a long history with the paper and most recently worked with deputy managing editor Alan Murray to develop WSJ.com, Thomson said.

In his new role, Latour will over see the print version of the Journal in Asia (which recently expanded to India) and work on expanding the paper’s digital presence there. Since the Journal has made it a priority to increase its reach in the growing Asian market, Latour will have his work cut out for him.

“Our Chinese-language site has quadrupled its audience over the past 18 months, while our Japanese-language site is due to be launched in the autumn and we are in the midst of developing new editorial content for mobile phones in India,” Thomson explained.

Full memos after the jump

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