Leo Abruzzese

Editorial Director for North America, Economist Intelligence Unit at The Economist

Leo Abruzzese is responsible for the Economist Intelligence Unit's editorial operations in the Americas. Based in New York, he oversees a team of country analysts and is responsible for EIU's business research projects in the region. He writes regularly on the US economy and leads the EIU's financial services coverage, which provides analysis of conditions in 60 markets. Leo joined the company in London in 1998 as Editor of ViewsWire, the EIU's daily political and economic commentary unit, which he built into a briefing service covering 200 countries for 300,000 business readers. He became Director of Wire Services for the EIU in 2003, with added responsibility for all of the company's daily analysis services. Besides ViewsWire, these included Risk Briefing, an operational risk service; Executive Briefing, which focuses on business and management issues; and Industry Briefing, which covers eight industries across all major economies. In 2003 Leo was also named Deputy Director of the EIU’s Country Analysis division, where he helped to manage a team of more than 100 analysts who prepare the company’s economic, political and risk forecasts. He served as a macroeconomic analyst in the EIU’s Asia team, preparing reports on Australia, Malaysia, Indonesia and the Philippines, and traveled extensively in the region. In 2004-05, he was the company’s chief economic analyst for India. As Director of Financial Services, Leo is responsible for the company's analysis of banking and related activities worldwide and writes the EIU's quarterly outlook on the global financial services industry. He also oversees the company's Financial Services Briefing website. Before returning to the EIU in mid-2006, Leo spent a year as lead editor for coverage of the Federal Reserve and the US Treasury at Bloomberg News LP in Washington. He guided the company's analysis of former Fed Chairman Alan Greenspan and the arrival of his successor, Ben S. Bernanke. He also supervised coverage of US international economic policy, including disputes with China over trade and currency issues. Leo has been responsible for editing many of the Economist Intelligence Unit's special reports, including analysis of the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks, the US invasion of Iraq, the Asian tsunami and the move towards democracy in the Middle East. He constructed a political democracy model as part of that last project. Before joining the EIU in 1998, Leo was Washington Bureau Chief and Editorial Director of The Journal of Commerce, a daily business newspaper covering international trade and business. He wrote regular commentaries during the 1990s on most of the major economic and financial issues of the day, including European economic integration, the Mexican and Asian financial crises and the Uruguay Round of global trade talks. He lived and worked in Washington for many years and covered economic issues before Congress and many government agencies. Leo has a B.A. in liberal arts from St. Joseph's University in Philadelphia, and has participated in European research programs sponsored by New York University and the German Marshall Fund. He has written for Aspen Institute publications and been interviewed by the BBC and CNN. He has presented the Economist Intelligence Unit's global economic and political forecasts throughout the US, Europe and the Americas.