The South China Morning Post has appointed Mark Clifford as editor-in-chief, effective April 1, SCMP Group chairman Kuok Khoon Ean announced yesterday. At the same time, David Armstrong has decided to step down as director, editorial, of the Post from March 1, in order to focus his time on the Bangkok Post, where he has held the position of deputy chief executive officer since May 1 last year. Mr Armstrong was with the Post from 1993 to 1996, first as editor, then editor-in-chief, and more recently from March 2003, as group editor-in-chief, then director, editorial. Mr Kuok expressed deep appreciation, on behalf of the SCMP board of directors and management, to Mr Armstrong for his contributions to the Post. 'We wish him the very best in his endeavours at the Bangkok Post,' he said. Mr Clifford joins the Post from The Standard, where he has been publisher and editor-in-chief since January 2004. Previously, he was Asia regional editor at BusinessWeek, where he worked from 1995 to 2003. He started his career in Asia at the Far Eastern Economic Review in 1987 and held a number of posts, including business editor, before leaving the magazine in 1995.