Area of Expertise
Heather West has experience hiring, managing and developing large teams of journalists. She has trained and mentored many new leaders and established news bureaus in locations including Seoul, Singapore, Sao Paulo, Los Angeles and Chicago.
Editorial Director, Americas
Mergermarket, part of ION Analytics
Heather West is Editorial Director in the Americas for Mergermarket, a global financial newswire with a network of 500 journalists in 67 locations. She sets the strategic direction for content in the region, leveraging data, market intelligence, reader engagement statistics and her experience to create stories that resonate with Mergermarket’s paying audience.
Heather has held editorial leadership roles in New York, Hong Kong, and San Francisco, managing and motivating teams of reporters to develop content for financial and legal advisors, private equity practitioners and business development heads who work on mergers and acquisitions (M&A), an exciting, competitive, and fast-moving slice of financial journalism.
In her reporting she has covered sectors including energy, consumer and technology. Whether she is in Palo Alto, Mexico City or Shanghai, she has learned that relationships are key to driving deals, which makes the human aspect of deal-making so fascinating. Heather holds degrees from the University of California at Berkeley and the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.