AP names new director of financial products

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Brian Scanlon, director of the AP Election Services portfolio, has been promoted to an expanded role, adding oversight of AP’s business and financial products.

His appointment was announced Thursday.

“We find growing market interest in news services combining government and elections coverage with business and economic news,”  said Sue Cross, senior vice president for business development and partner relations in the Americas, in a statement.  “Brian has excelled in combining news and data to develop these types of services and brings outstanding ability to drive added growth at the intersection of government and financial information.”

Scanlon joined the AP in 2006 after serving as director of sales at Ipsos Public Affairs research company and Learning Insight Inc..  He also worked in research and polling services at Synectics for Management Decisions and Peter D. Hart Research.

He is a graduate of Loyola University of Chicago, holds a master’s degree in liberal arts from the University of Chicago and was a 2009 Sulzberger Fellow at the Columbia Graduate School of Journalism.

AP’s financial news services deliver consumer-oriented coverage to millions of consumers via newspapers, broadcast outlets and digital portals and services, as well as fast, insightful reporting for investors and executives.  Products include AP Financial News, providing fast corporate and economic news; AP Money & Markets, a multimedia service on market news and analysis; Financial Impact, a news service covering the non-business news that has financial impact; and the AP Small Business Report.