SCMP hires content aggregator boss Gary Liu to replace Robin Hu as CEO

South China Morning Post has appointed a new chief executive to replace Robin Hu, who is to step down after four and a half years in the role.


Gary Liu and Robin Hu

New CEO Gary Liu and outgoing boss Robin Hu

Coming in to helm the Alibaba-owned publisher is 33 year-old Gary Liu, a former Spotify, Google, and AOL executive who joins the publisher from content aggregator Digg, where he was CEO based in New York.

Hu, who is a director for Singapore’s Mediacorp, is to remain on the board as a director.

Joe Tsai, chairman of the SCMP board of directors, commented: “As an influencer and innovator in digital media and someone with roots in Greater China, Gary [Liu] is the perfect fit to take SCMP’s vision – coverage of Greater China from an Asian perspective for a global audience – to the next level and show our readers the future of news in the age of mobile and social media.”

Liu, with reference to the Post’s ambition to be a window to the world into China, said: “I believe that the SCMP is the platform that will bring a balanced and nuanced understanding of Greater China to the world.”

The leadership change is effective 3 January 2017.


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