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Breakingviews founder steps aside, new editor appointed

Hugo Dixon, founder of the Breakingviews opinion service acquired by Thomson Reuters in 2009, is stepping aside "to move onto new challenges". Based in London, he will become an editor-at-large and write a weekly column. Rob Cox, pictured, currently Americas editor based in New York, takes his place as editor on 1 January 2013.

Cox, formerly with Bloomberg, helped establish Breakingviews as one of its founding editors. From 2004, he spearheaded the firm’s expansion in the United States and since then has edited its American edition. He was also a Breakingviews director before the reported £13 million Thomson Reuters acquisition.

As editor, Cox will be responsible for a team of 30 financial columnists in New York, London, Hong Kong, Beijing, Singapore, Washington and Dubai.

“As founders and editors, Hugo and Rob have built Breakingviews into a groundbreaking platform for financial commentary and an invaluable asset to our customers and readers around the world,” Reuters editor-in-chief Stephen Adler said on Wednesday. “We’re thrilled to have Rob as our new leader and to have Hugo continuing to provide his insight to our customers through his weekly column.”

Dixon said: “Rob is a dynamic and entrepreneurial journalist who has played a huge role in making Breakingviews the success it is today. There is nobody better to lead Breakingviews in the coming years. Breakingviews has gone from strength to strength since it was acquired by Thomson Reuters. In the past three years, we have integrated the two businesses, completed Breakingviews global footprint and now ensured a smooth succession. I always intended to move onto new challenges once the integration was completed. I am delighted that I will be retaining an association with Reuters in my new role.” ■

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