Thomson Financial has named Eleanor Dixson-Hobbs publisher of American Banker.

Ms. Dixson-Hobbs is the first woman to head the 165-year-old daily newspaper, as well as the first African-American in the role. She was promoted from associate group publisher.

As publisher Ms. Dixson-Hobbs will be responsible for managing all aspects of American Banker and its affiliated online service, She will also be responsible for the full operations of FutureBanker, a monthly magazine also published by Thomson.

Before joining American Banker, Ms. Dixson-Hobbs was industry director for technology at Institutional Investor. Before that she was at CMP Media, where she sold advertising for Computer Reseller News and was manager of the Client/Server Conference & Expo. She also spent four years in advertising sales at The Wall Street Journal.

The previous publisher of American Banker, Thomas F. Curtin, resigned last month.

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