The Economist names first woman editor to lead the newsroom by Reuters @FortuneMagazine January 22, 2015, 3:33 PM EST E-mail Tweet Facebook Google Plus Linkedin Share icons The Economist Group on Thursday named Zanny Minton Beddoes as the editor of its eponymous newspaper. Beddoes, 47, is the first woman to serve in the role of the 172 year-old publication and succeeds John Micklethwait, who was named head of Bloomberg news earlier this month. Most recently, Beddoes served as the Economist’s business affairs editor. She joined the newspaper, which is half owned by Pearson’s Financial Times media group, in 1994 after spending two years as an economist at the International Monetary Fund. For more on Pearson, read the recent article on the company by Fortune’s Jennifer Reingold: Everybody hates Pearson.