News Story from: 4/21/15
April 21, 2015 – Washington, D.C. – Foreign Policy is pleased to announce the promotion of two of the magazine’s veteran staff. Amer Yaqub adds publisher to his current title of Senior Vice President, and Rebecca Frankel becomes FP’s Deputy Editor, Online. FP Group’s CEO and Editor David Rothkopf said, “Amer and Becky, though they work on different sides of the organization, both represent its heart and soul. They have played a central role in our recent success and will be vital to our future growth.”
Since joining FP in 2008, Amer has taken on a variety of roles in advertising sales and helped dramatically grow the business. Under his leadership, FP secured major campaigns from a number of corporate clients including Hewlett Packard, Chevron, Boeing, Northrop Grumman, HSBC and Lockheed Martin and innovative nation branding initiatives for Russia, South Africa, East Timor and Nigeria.
Rebecca, also with the company since 2008, has been involved in countless longform projects as well as writing her weekly war-dog column for FP’s Best Defense blog. Her popular and unique focus on military dogs and their handlers became the New York Times best-selling book, War Dogs, which was released in 2014. In her enhanced role as Deputy Editor, Online, she will continue to work closely with Benjamin Pauker, the Executive Editor, Online.
FP also has good news to share in regard to the continuing recognition and acclaim for the magazine’s aggressive and high quality journalism. FP contributor Aicha Elbasri will receive the prestigious Ridenhour Prize for Truth-Telling for sharing thousands of pages of internal documents about the U.N.’s failed peacekeeping mission in Darfur with Foreign Policy as part of the magazine’s multi-part investigation into the botched humanitarian effort. Those documents were a major part of FP Senior Diplomatic Reporter Colum Lynch’s April 2014 series of exclusive pieces about the ways the U.N. was failing to protect citizens of the war-ravaged African country — and potentially making the violence even worse.
Last December, Lynch and the UNAMID series was recognized at the U.N. Correspondents Association’s annual awards dinner, winning the silver medal for the Elizabeth Neuffer Memorial Prize.