Hadi becomes chief deputy at NY Times biz department

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I’m excited to announce: Mohammed Hadi has become my principal deputy in the Business department.

Mo has been doing the job for a while now, and so I don’t have to tell you that he is supremely suited to the gig.

In this role, Mo will help me oversee the daily business report, plan coverage and coordinate with the masthead and the News desk. And Mo will continue to help develop careers.

On a daily basis, Mo improves our journalism and the well-being of the Business department. He’ll continue to work closely with the other department deputies — Kevin McKenna, Pui-Wing Tam, Ashwin Seshagiri and of course Rich Barbieri in Seoul. All have been key to the strength of our work, our embrace of change and imagining what lies ahead.

Two years ago when I wrote you about Mo, David Enrich provided this cogent and sophisticated analysis: Mo “is super smart and everyone loves him.”

Listen to what Mo’s fellow deputies say about him now.

Rich: “Ellen is who brought me to The Times. What she doesn’t know is that Mo closed the deal. We met at the Oyster Bar and I thought, ‘That’s it. This guy is great: smart, easy to be with, quick, loves business journalism.’ Mo turned out to be all that and more.”

Ashwin: “Mo has a soft touch — with copy and with colleagues — that makes stories stronger and coverage smarter. He’s the rare kind of leader who is gracious, wildly humble and almost entirely unflappable.”

Pui-Wing: “When Mo and I worked at Bloomberg, he was always the calm one in the room. And now when the news cycle gets very heavy, he remains the voice of reason.”

Kevin: “Mo has played an essential role in making the Business desk click and hum. Whether it involves a breaking story or navigating a newsroom obstacle course, Mo’s the person who makes things happen. And no one could ask for a steadier or more generous colleague.”

Mo has been a deputy since early 2022. Before joining The Times in 2018, he was executive editor at Business Insider. He had previously worked at Bloomberg, helping to oversee deals coverage. Before that he was an editor and writer at The Wall Street Journal and Dow Jones Newswires. Mo has worked in Dubai, Singapore, Hong Kong and New York.

He graduated from the University of Richmond and has a master’s degree from the School of International and Public Affairs at Columbia.

Lucky us! We are in good hands.



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