The Indian Express has appointed Raj Kamal Jha and Unni Rajen Shankar to its top editorial leadership positions.
An email sent by Chairman Viveck Goenka to staffers said, “Raj will be Chief Editor and will report to me. Unni will be Editor.”
This comes a day after the farewell email sent by Editor-in-Chief Shekhar Gupta to the Express team, in which he announced his departure after June 15. He is understood to be joining the India Today group.
Jha was formerly editor of The Indian Express, while Shankar was managing editor.
Goenka wrote in his email:
There is work to do…
I am committed to raising the bar and instilling a fresh new energy in our editorial teams. In addition to revamped content, I look forward to closely integrating all our news operating systems because our growth is now across platforms. This was evident last month, during Verdict 2014.
He also wrote:
Shekhar leaves the newspaper stronger than ever.
Gupta mentioned his perception of Goenka the proprietor in his email, saying:
As generous compensations, great working conditions, never a resource spared in pursuit of a story. No call ever to kill a story once it passes our highest and the most exacting editorial bars and filters.
He also wrote, seemingly by way of explanation of his departure:
In any case, I am an incorrigible reporter and thereby a terminal adventure junkie.