Thomas will lead the continued expansion of The Independent, heading up an editorial team which has increased by 50% in the last year to around 45 people across its offices in New York, Washington DC and Los Angeles
Her move follows the appointment of Zach Leonard to the new role of global COO and president, North America.
Louise Thomas said: “I’m delighted to join The Independent, one of the great brands in journalism – and I’m especially excited to take on a new challenge by taking the helm of the already successful US operation.
“I’m looking forward to joining the excellent team of editors and reporters already working at The Independent in America — and for us all to work together to take this exciting digital news brand to the next level in the U.S.”
Geordie Greig, editor-in-chief of The Independent, said: “I am so pleased to have Louise Thomas join us. She’s an exceptionally talented journalist and leader in the digital world who will bring enormous experience and creativity to our American team.
“Her appointment is part of our growth and expansion in the US and we are looking forward to her leading us to even greater heights.”
Zach Leonard, president, North America, added: “Louise brings significant Editorial perspective and expertise to The Independent’s US strategic goals.
“Her leadership will accelerate audience growth and enhance journalistic quality in our fastest growing market – through the US election and beyond.”