Davan Maharaj Named L.A. Times ME: Official Press Release

As we promised, here’s more on the changes at the top of the Times:

Los Angeles Times Announces Masthead Changes

Editor Russ Stanton Defines Key Editorial Positions For John Arthur and Davan Maharaj

LOS ANGELES, April 23, 2008 — The Los Angeles Times (www.latimes.com)today announced the promotions of John Arthur to Executive Editor and Davan Maharaj to Managing Editor as part of the editorial restructuring currently being undertaken by Editor Russ Stanton.

“I’m thrilled to work alongside two richly experienced journalists and editors who share a deep dedication to ensuring The Times editorial relevance and role as one of the world’s great newspapers,” said Stanton. “John’s terrific news judgment, deep experience and creativity will help us produce increasingly dynamic news and information to meet the changing needs and interests of our readers, and Davan’s outstanding management and editing skills, broad range and distinguished track record make him ideally suited for his role.”

Arthur, who has been Managing Editor since July 2007, assumes the newly created position of Executive Editor. He will continue as Page One Editor, helping set the overall strategy for The Times’ news gathering operation across all mediums, with responsibility for shaping coverage of stories and the deployment of resources. Arthur will also oversee important production functions, including the A1, copy, design and photo desks.

As Managing Editor, Davan Maharaj assumes oversight of Foreign, National, Metro, Business, Science and Sports, and will work alongside Stanton and Arthur in directing coverage, deploying journalists and resources and overseeing personnel decisions. The Times Business Editor since February 2007, Maharaj is charges with further integrating the print and Web story pipelines.

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