SCMP Group yesterday announced the appointment of Robin Hu as chief executive officer of the group, effective from June 25.
Hu, 53, began his career in the information technology sector in the early 1980s and, until recently, was senior executive vice-president, Chinese Newspapers Division and Newspaper Services Division for Singapore Press Holdings, where he spent the past eight years.
In that role, he was responsible for managing the group's three national Chinese dailies: Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily, as well as mypaper, a bilingual free newspaper. He also oversaw the group's various newspaper, event and exhibition and magazine operations, in addition to its China business development.
'Robin brings to the SCMP Group a rare combination of media expertise, in-depth operational know-how of the publishing and IT industries, plus hands-on digital media and China knowledge,' said Kuok Hui Kwong, whom Hu will be replacing. Kuok will retain her current Executive Director board position with the SCMP Group.
'I am honoured to be given the opportunity to lead and contribute to the continued success of such a highly esteemed institution as the SCMP,' said Hu.
'I have the highest respect for the heritage of this company, its products and people. I look forward to getting in step with the thrilling heartbeat of this great city and the opportunities a growing Chinese economy can bring.'