The Globe and Mail mixes business beats

Gary Salewiczthe editor of Report on Business, the business section of the Globe and Mail, issued the following:

As the Report on Business team continues its work to expand our audience and strengthen our coverage in areas proven to increase subscriptions and strengthen retention, we are pleased to announce four staff moves.

Ethan Lou joins as Commentary Editor, responsible for cultivating and developing a variety of diverse and insightful contributors to enhance our coverage. He will work with business leaders and political leaders who have something to say, and sharp writers with in-depth and sometimes provocative insights into business life and the economy. A columnist for our report’s business and opinion sections, Ethan has written long-term for Maclean’s and Toronto Life. He has worked at Reuters and the Toronto Star. Ethan is the author of two books and has been nominated for a Kobo New Author Award. He has served as a visiting journalist at the University of British Columbia and is a graduate of Toronto Metropolitan University. He will start on Monday, October 3, reporting to Dennis Choquette.

Salman Farooqui joins our Investor team as personal finance reports on the side Erica Alini. Sal joined The Globe as our weekend reporter last December after years as a freelance contributor, and his byline has already appeared frequently as part of our personal finance coverage. As a freelancer, he wrote about everything from navigating student loans to choosing travel insurance to the most cost-effective outdoor activities (spoiler: It’s disc golf). His work has also appeared in The Guardian, Canadian Press, Toronto Star and BBC World News. He will transition from his weekend role in the coming weeks. He will report to James Cowan.

James Bradshaw takes on a new challenge as our institutional investment reports covering Canada’s largest investors, including pension plans and private equity firms such as Brookfield Asset Management. James has been Canada’s top banking reporter for nearly six years, most recently leading coverage of important topics such as the financial sector’s fallout from COVID-19, tensions between Ottawa and Bay Street and the freezing of bank accounts under the Emergencies Act. He has built relationships with CEOs and senior bankers that helped him frame the strategic challenges facing the banks, news of management changes and regulatory issues, and reveal the behind-the-scenes dynamics among the banks and their executives. James joined The Globe in 2007, covering beats for the national desk as well as the arts section before joining ROB. From 2014 to 2017, he covered media during a period of upheaval and consolidation (including the former Bell Media upheaval). James has won a SABEW Best in Business Award and the Edward Goff Penny Prize for Young Journalists; he has also been nominated for a National Newspaper Award. In his new role, he will continue to report to Janet McFarland. We will be actively looking for a replacement for James on the bank beat.

David Milstead increasing his focus on areas outside of institutional investing, where he has unique skills to leverage across the newsroom. David will continue to be our leading expert on corporate governance issues – including managing our annual board game project – and will spend some of his time on executive compensation issues. He will continue to bring his expertise in accounting and data analysis to his column, which has become a must-read for many investors looking for challenging views on corporate decisions. David will continue to bring this watchdog mindset to daily stories and to many of our biggest projects to help create solid, fact-driven journalism that spurs reform. David will continue to be a key contact for others in our newsroom seeking help with compensation, accounting and investment issues, making him a resource for other journalists throughout the newsroom. This year he won a National Newspaper Award and was a finalist for another, and in both cases he contributed financial expertise to the stories entered. While David joined the Globe as a full-time reporter in 2018, his breadth of expertise has been honed over nearly three decades as a business journalist, including nine years as a regular freelance contributor to the Globe from 2009 to 2018. Prior to that, he worked as finance editor at Denver’s Rocky Mountain News, where he won a total of nine individual and joint awards from SABEW, and as a reporter at The Wall Street Journal. He will continue to report to Janet McFarland.

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