Gerard Baker has been named editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, effective Jan. 1, 2013. Baker is currently deputy editor-in-chief of The Wall Street Journal, a role he has held since January 2009. He succeeds Robert Thomson, who has been named chief executive officer of the new proposed publishing entity for News Corp.

In his new role, Baker will assume oversight of all global newsgathering and editorial operations for The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires.

Before joining the Journal, Baker was the U.S. editor and an assistant editor of The Times of London, where he wrote news and commentary for Britain’s longest continuously published newspaper and oversaw U.S. coverage for the paper and online editions.

From 1994 to 2004, Baker worked for the Financial Times, first as Tokyo correspondent, where he wrote about the country's financial crisis, and then, from 1998 to 2002, as Washington bureau chief, where he led a team of 10 correspondents and provided extensive reporting and analysis of the federal reserve. From 2002 to 2004, he was the FT’s chief U.S. commentator and an associate editor.

Before joining the FT, Baker worked for the BBC from 1988 to 1994, as a producer, then as U.S. producer, then as economics correspondent for TV and radio.

In addition to the Journal, the FT, The Times and the BBC, Mr. Baker's work has appeared in many other publications and he has been a frequent television and radio contributor in the UK, the U.S. and around the world.