Finola McDonnell joined the Financial Times (FT) in April 2018 as Chief Communications and Marketing Officer (CCMO). McDonnell is a member of the FT Group’s executive board, which is responsible for business performance, corporate governance, global strategy, and digital transformation. FT Group consists of over 20 entities, the best known of which is the iconic Financial Times newspaper and the website FT.com. She is also a trustee of UK national charity, Citizens Advice.
The FT is read by about 24 million people monthly, most of whom are CEOs, investors, political leaders and those with an interest in world affairs. It was founded in 1888 in the City of London, but the majority of its readers are now located outside the UK and most are digital subscribers. The US is the largest single market for FT readership outside of the United Kingdom.
As CCMO, Finola leads the global communications, brand, commercial marketing and partnership teams that are spread across London, New York, and Hong Kong. She has introduced the FT’s latest brand platform, The New Agenda, which positions the publisher as the essential source of independent, global news and at the forefront of the movement to make capitalism more responsible. She co-chairs the FT Women’s Working Group and sponsors its Next Generation Board.
Before joining the FT, McDonnell worked for American news company, CNBC, where she held the position of Vice President of International Communications and Marketing. Before that, she was Director of Communications at Business Europe, the largest business lobby group in Brussels, where she led all campaign work directed at EU institutions. For a number of years, she was head of Public Affairs with the Irish Business & Employers’ Confederation, IBEC. She spent the early part of her career as a social policy specialist with a variety of NGOs.
Finola’s main interests are, unsurprisingly, politics and media, and she is an avid rock and heavy metal fan. She has no sporting prowess whatsoever.