‘L.A. Times’ Promotes M.E. John Arthur to Executive Editor

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By: Joe Strupp

The Los Angeles Times today announced the promotions of Managing Editor John Arthur to executive editor and Business Editor Davan Maharaj to managing editor as part of an editorial restructuring 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,? Stanton said in a statement.

?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.?

The moves come just two months after Stanton took over the top post from former Editor James O’Shea, who left in February.

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? newsgathering operation. Additionally, he will oversee important production functions, including the A1, copy, design, and photo desks.

As managing editor, 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 also charged with further integrating the print and Web story pipelines.

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