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World Editors Forum Elects New Board Members

World Editors Forum Elects New Board Members

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Kiev, Ukraine, 2 September 2012
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World Editors Forum Elects New Board Members

Eight chief editors from major newspapers in India, Finland, the United Kingdom, Kenya, Singapore, Australia and Malaysia were elected Sunday to the Board of the World Editors Forum, the organisation within the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) for senior newsroom personnel.

The Annual General Meeting of the WEF, meeting on the eve of the World Newspaper Congress and World Editors Forum in Kiev, Ukraine, elected:

- Sanjay Gupta, Editor-in-chief of the Hindi language Dainik Jagran, the most read daily in India, and CEO of its parent company, Jagran Prakashan. The paper’s 37 editions across 11 states are read by some 55 million people daily.

- Markku Mantila, who has been editor of Kaleva in the Finnish city of Oulu since 2009 and was a winner of a Finnish Grand Prize for Journalism last year.

- Lisa MacLeod, Assistant Editor of The Financial Times. She joined the newspaper in 2003 and has worked on the company’s strategic newsroom integration and reorganisation projects.

- TN Ninan, Editorial Director of the Business Standard Ltd in India, and currently President of the Editors Guild of India. He has headed a number of Indian business publications, bringing about substantial change and achieving rapid growth at all of them.

- Joseph Odindo, Group Editorial Director of the Nation Media Group in Kenya and one of Africa’s leading journalists. He oversees all editorial operations of the group, which includes 10 newspapers, two television stations, three radio stations and websites in Kenya, Uganda and Tanzania.

- Wong Chun Wai, Executive Director and Group Chief Editor of The Star, Malaysia’s leading English language daily. He is also the current chairman of the Asia News Network, the largest Asian umbrella group of more than 21 news media organisation, and sits on the country’s Anti Corruption Commission.

- Patrick Daniel, Editor-in-chief of the English and Malay Newspaper Division of Singapore Press Holdings. He is a director of SPH Magazines, SPH UnionWorks and Tamil Marasu Ltd, and also chairs two SPH subsidiaries – Straits Times Press and Holdings. He is a graduate of University College, Oxford, and has a masters degree in public administration from the Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University.

- Kylie Davis, the National Real Estate Editor at News Ltd. in Australia and one of the country’s most highly regarded women in media. Ms Davis is a strong proponent of the value of hyperlocal journalism. She has had a successful career at a variety of Australian media companies.

The WEF Board currently has 21 members. For more information on the organisation, consult

More than 1,000 newspaper publishers, CEOs, chief editors, managing directors and other senior newspaper executives are gathering in Kiev for the Congress and Forum, which begins Monday. Follow the events at or on Twitter with #wnc12 and #wef12.

The Paris-based World Editors Forum is the organisation of the World Association of Newspapers and News Publishers (WAN-IFRA) that represents editors-in-chief and other senior news executives.

WAN-IFRA, based in Paris, France, and Darmstadt, Germany, with subsidiaries in Singapore, India, Spain, France and Sweden, is the global organisation of the world’s newspapers and news publishers. It represents more than 18,000 publications, 15,000 online sites and over 3,000 companies in more than 120 countries. Its core mission is to defend and promote press freedom, quality journalism and editorial integrity and the development of prosperous businesses.

Inquiries to: Larry Kilman, Deputy CEO and Director of Communications and Public Affairs, WAN-IFRA, 96 bis, rue Beaubourg, 75003 Paris France. Tel: +33 1 47 42 85 07. Fax: +33 1 42 78 92 33. Mobile: +33 6 10 28 97 36. E-mail:


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The World Editors Forum is the leading network for print and digital editors of newspapers and news organisations around the world. It is built on a commitment to defend press freedom and promote editorial excellence. Read more ...