ST makes key changes at the top

Ms Tan, currently deputy editor, will become ST's executive editor.
Ms Tan, currently deputy editor, will become ST's executive editor.
Ms Chan will assume the role of managing editor of the flagship daily ST.
Ms Chan will assume the role of managing editor of the flagship daily ST.

The Straits Times, Singapore's most-read newspaper, will have a new editor-in-chief, executive editor and managing editor from Friday, as part of a wider raft of senior management changes at its parent company, Singapore Press Holdings (SPH).

ST's editor Warren Fernandez, 50, moves up to assume the additional role of editor-in-chief of SPH's entire English/Malay/Tamil Media (EMTM) division. He will remain as ST editor concurrently.

Deputy editor Sumiko Tan, 52, has been promoted to become executive editor. She will assist the editor in overseeing ST's daily operations across platforms. Mr Ignatius Low, 43, will relinquish his roles as ST deputy editor and managing editor to become managing editor for the whole of EMTM.

Deputy managing editor for ST Fiona Chan, 34, will take over from Mr Low as ST managing editor.

The changes will help ST build on its transformation into a multimedia newsroom, said Mr Fernandez.

"I am proud of what the ST team has achieved so far," he said.

"But there is still more room for us to improve. We have to uphold standards and credibility, build capability and hone new skills in the multimedia space and, most of all, nurture a new generation of talented journalists and leaders in our newsrooms."

Ms Tan said that she wants to bring the best-told stories to ST readers on all platforms, and to engage with them through events held by the paper.

She said: "I've been in journalism for three decades, and the last decade has been the most intense because of the rise of digital and social media. The ST newsroom has a lot of talent, creativity and institutional memory, and has met the challenges well."

Managing editors will play a critical role in helping newsrooms rise to today's operating demands, by securing new partnerships and revenue streams while continuing to produce top-notch journalism, said Mr Low.

Mr Fernandez added: "The media industry faces many challenges but these also present us with great opportunities, which we have to seize. And we will."

A version of this article appeared in the print edition of The Straits Times on June 29, 2016, with the headline 'ST makes key changes at the top'. Print Edition | Subscribe