London — Roula Khalaf has been appointed editor of the Financial Times (FT), succeeding Lionel Barber, who is stepping down after a 14-year tenure that put the news organisation on a profitable footing even as its traditional print business was upended.

In an e-mail to staff on Tuesday, Barber announced his 34-year career at the paper would end in January when he leaves “the best job in journalism” and is replaced by his deputy, Khalaf.

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