‘He knows how to navigate’: New Dow Jones CEO Almar Latour is a former reporter who rose the ranks

An uncharitable view of reporters is that their curiosity, directness and obsession with how things fit together make them unfit for other kinds of work. Yet those qualities, combined with an interest in collaborations, are the ones that have powered Almar Latour’s career, and the ones that should serve the 49-year-old Netherlands native well at his new job. On May 5, News Corp named Latour the new CEO of Dow Jones, succeeding William Lewis, who will step down May 15. Latour, who has worked at Dow Jones-owned titles in different capacities for nearly 25 years, has built a track record of success on both the newsroom side, as a star tech reporter and then editor in chief of Wall Street Journal in Asia and most recently as executive editor in the U. S. ; on the business side, most recently as the editor and publisher of Barron’s Group, formerly known as Dow Jones Media Group, a collection of titles that includes Barron’s, Marketwatch, Mansion Global, Financial News and Penta.

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