History - 2002 SpeakerRichard Lambert
Richard Lambert has been editor of the Financial Times for the past 10 years. During that period, the FT has become a truly global newspaper. Its sales outside the UK have nearly trebled, and today its international sales account for nearly two thirds of the total circulation. While remaining editor in chief of the newspaper, he moved to New York in 1997-98 to launch the US edition, which itself now accounts for a quarter of the FT's sales. In the past two years under his leadership, the FT has also built the world's most successful online source of international business and economic news, FT.com.
As a result, the Financial Times was listed in a recent Interbrand survey, published in Business Week, as one of the world's 100 most valuable brands, and one of the top five fastest growing brands in 2000.
Educated at Oxford University, Richard has spent his whole life at the FT, holding such jobs as editor of the Lex column, financial editor, New York correspondent and deputy editor. He has decided that the time is now right for a career change, and will be leaving the newspaper at the end of this year. He is a frequent television performer and lecturer on both sides of the Atlantic, covering global business, economic and strategic issues.
Outside the FT, he is chairman of Visiting Arts, a non-profit agency that helps to bring international arts and arts managers to the UK. He is UK chair of the Franco-British Colloque, a high level group of industrialists and politicians from the two countries, and he is media chair of the UK China Forum. He was made an honorary Doctor of Letters at the City University in 2000. This year he was named the outstanding business journalist of the past decade in the annual World Leadership Forum Business Journalist of the Year Awards, and he received a Prince of Wales ambassador award for his work with Business in the Community.
Richard is married with two grown-up children.
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