Globe business editor Shirley Leung to become columnist

Boston Globe Business editor Shirley Leung has been named a columnist in the section she managed for the past six years.

Leung, 41, will write twice a week on business and the economy, bringing her experience of many years as a reporter and editor. A search for the newspaper’s next business editor is underway, and will likely be an in-house candidate, Globe editor Brian McGrory said.

McGrory said starting next week, Leung will “take her ideas, or at least many of them, and put them under her own name, presented in what I know will be a personable and blunt column-writing style, brimming with her unique experience and exhaustive reporting.”

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A native of Bel Air, Md., and a graduate of Princeton University, Leung joined the Globe in 1996 as a reporter and later worked for the Wall Street Journal in its Boston, Los Angeles and Chicago bureaus. She rejoined the Globe in 2004 to edit the Sunday Business section and in 2007 was promoted to section editor.

Since then, she has overseen coverage of the recession and the financial crisis, while also directing award-winning coverage of such issues as the Upper Crust pizza chain’s woes, mislabeled fish served at Massachusetts restaurants, and how low-income men recovering from drug addiction were hired at illegally low wages to work on hotel renovation projects.

Leung also built the feature “Top Places to Work” and launched the boston.com innovation blog “The Hive,” which is being expanded.