Ben Edwards was appointed Publisher of Economist.com in March 2007 and Executive Vice President of The Economist Group in July 2008. As Publisher of Economist.com, Ben is responsible for setting The Economist’s online strategy and for developing the online product. He manages a global leadership team which designs the customer experience, develops the product, builds the publishing platform, acquires the customers and fulfills client orders.
Prior to The Economist, Ben worked at IBM, where he was Director of New Media Communications at IBM's headquarters in Armonk. In this role, Ben pioneered social-computing applications in IBM's external communications as well as for internal enterprise transformation. Before joining IBM, Ben enjoyed a 14-year career as a journalist, 10 of them with The Economist Newspaper, where he served as Finance Reporter in London, Tokyo Bureau Chief and American Business Editor in New York.