Business editor amongst latest names to leave GNM

The Guardian’s business editor, Deborah Hargreaves, is amongst the latest wave of names to emerge as

Hargreaves, who joined the Guardian in 2006 from the Financial Times where she was news editor, is among 40 editorial staff to have agreed terms as part of publisher Guardian News & Media's voluntary redundancy scheme.

She will be joined by the Guardian's tennis correspondent Steve Bierley who is set to leave the paper he joined in 1979.

The economics correspondent, Ashley Seager, has left the paper after six years. He will be joined by the business news editor, Geoff Gibbs, who will leave the newsdesk in April.

The Observer business correspondent, Nick Mathiason, will leave in March after ten years on the title.

The features writers Stuart Jeffries and Hannah Pool are also understood to be leaving.

In November GNM management said that it needed to cut more than 100 of its 1,700 editorial and commercial posts through its rolling voluntary redundancy scheme to help ease its £100,000 a day losses.

The Guardian confirmed last month that Media Guardian's Stephen Brook and Chris Tryhorn, and the deputy production editor, Aly Duncan, had also accepted terms to leave the paper

The Guardian's San Francisco-based technology correspondent, Bobbie Johnson, will also leave, along with the Jerusalem correspondent, Rory McCarthy, and the Los Angeles correspondent, Dan Glaister.

Head of sport, Ben Clissitt, has already left the paper.