Andrew Gowers

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This article is about the editor. For the Australian Rules footballer, see Andrew Gowers (footballer). For the British game developer, see Andrew Gower.

Andrew Gowers (born 1957) was appointed editor of the Financial Times in October 2001. He resigned from this post in November 2005 citing "strategic differences". In March 2012 he was appointed Director of External Relations at the Association for Financial Markets in Europe (AFME).[1]

Education[edit]

Gowers was educated at the Trinity School of John Whitgift, an independent school for boys in Shirley in the London Borough of Croydon, followed by the University of Cambridge.

Gowers Review of Intellectual Property[edit]

On Friday, 2 December 2005, he was commissioned by Gordon Brown to lead an independent review of intellectual property rights in the UK, known as the Gowers Review of Intellectual Property. Amongst other things, this review was set up to consider the implications of extending the copyright on sound recordings in the UK.

Lehman Brothers[edit]

In June 2006 Gowers joined Lehman Brothers in London as head of corporate communications, and stayed until the late 2008 collapse of the firm — one of the key events of the global financial crisis of 2008. In December 2008, The Times published his account of this period, in which he describes Lehman CEO Richard Fuld as "almost unbearably intense" and "insulated from the day-to-day realities of the firm".[2]

BP[edit]

In Autumn 2009, Gowers joined BP as head of media relations, replacing his predecessor Roddy Kennedy. He was responsible for handling the oil company's media response to the April 20, 2010 Deepwater Horizon oil disaster. He resigned from the position at the end of 2010.[3]

Personal Life[edit]

Gowers is married and has two children.[citation needed]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Europe's bankers hire BP's public relations expert". TVNZ. 7 March 2012. Retrieved 11 March 2012. 
  2. ^ Exposed: Dick Fuld, the man who brought the world to its knees, Andrew Gowers, The Sunday Times, 14 December 2008
  3. ^ Jonathan Russell (4 May 2010). "Andrew Gowers - our man in a disaster". The Daily Telegraph. Retrieved 6 August 2010. 
Media offices
Preceded by
Richard Lambert
Editor of The Financial Times
2001–05
Succeeded by
Lionel Barber