John Thornhill

Innovation Editor

The Financial Times

About John

John Thornhill has been Innovation Editor of the Financial Times since February 2016 when he took on a new role to deepen our coverage of technology. He writes an award-winning column on technology and hosts the FT’s Tech Tonic podcast. For the previous seven years he was deputy editor and news editor, helping to shape the FT’s global agenda.

In 2018 John founded and launched Sifted, an FT-backed startup site for Europe’s next generation entrepreneurs, expanding the FT’s reach to a younger readership and pioneering a new media model.

Since joining the FT in 1988 as a graduate trainee, John has worked as the Europe edition editor, Paris bureau chief, world news editor, Asia editor, Moscow bureau chief, Lex columnist and companies reporter. During that time he has reported from 37 countries and interviewed 16 heads of state or government, including Vladimir Putin, Lee Kuan Yew and Nicolas Sarkozy.

John founded and runs FT Forums, which holds monthly meetings for senior executives from a range of industries, focusing on the challenges of globalisation, technological disruption and leadership. Speakers have included Bill Gates, Ana Botin, Dara Khosrowshahi and Kofi Annan.

He is also a director of the Ada Lovelace Institute and a fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.