Singapore, 28 June 2016 --- Singapore Press Holdings Limited (SPH) today announced the appointments of two Deputy CEOs - Mr Patrick Daniel and Mr Anthony Tan - and Mr Warren Fernandez as Editor-in-Chief of SPH's English/Malay/Tamil Media (EMTM) group with effect from 1 July 2016. Both Mr Daniel and Mr Tan will report to SPH's Chief Executive Officer, Mr Alan Chan.
Mr Daniel, 61, will continue to oversee the EMTM group as well as Marketing, Digital, Information Technology, Legal/Secretariat, Corporate Communications & CSR, and Risk Management. Mr Daniel has held various appointments with SPH since joining The Straits Times as a Senior Leader/Feature Writer in October 1986. He became EMTM's Editor-in-Chief in January 2007.
Mr Fernandez, 50, will take over as Editor-in-Chief of EMTM while continuing to be Editor of The Straits Times.
Ms Sumiko Tan, 52, currently Deputy Editor of The Straits Times, will be the flagship newspaper's Executive Editor. Mr Ignatius Low, 43, who is now also Deputy Editor of The Straits Times and Head of SPH's Information Resource Centre (IRC), will be Managing Editor of EMTM. Mr Low will continue to be Head of the IRC.
EMTM comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, My Paper (English section) and their respective student publications. It also includes subsidiaries Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3.
Mr Anthony Tan, 43, will oversee the following divisions - Production, Circulation, Corporate Development, Finance, Human Resources and Administration. He will continue to helm the Chinese Media group (CMG) and Media Strategy & Analytics Division (MSA). He joined SPH on 1 February 2015 and was formerly Deputy Secretary (Policy) with the Ministry of Health.
CMG publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZBBZ Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly. The subsidiaries will continue to report to their respective boards, which will remain unchanged.
Mr Alan Chan, CEO of SPH, said: "Both Patrick and Anthony are key members of the senior management team. Patrick is a media veteran with 30 years of experience in SPH while Anthony has brought with him fresh perspectives and new ideas since joining us. I have every confidence that they will be able to work closely with me to address the challenges and opportunities in our industry and steer SPH to greater heights."
Mr Daniel said: "Our media business has withstood the onslaught of many waves of digital change and innovation. But we have to speed up our transformation into a truly multi-media, multi-platform organisation that delivers value to our many customers. These are challenging but exciting times, and I look forward to my new role and responsibilities."
Mr Tan said:"I am honoured to be entrusted with this new role. Since joining SPH more than a year ago, I have benefitted from working with my committed and talented colleagues from different divisions on various products and projects. I am confident that I can harness the strengths of everyone and help SPH seize every opportunity to innovate, grow and excel."
CVs and Photos of Mr Patrick Daniel and Mr Anthony Tan
Mr Patrick Daniel
Mr Daniel was appointed Editor-in-Chief of the English & Malay Newspapers Division of SPH in January 2007. The division was renamed English/Malay/Tamil Media group in January 2015, incorporating both the print and digital operations, as well as business adjacencies. Prior to being Editor-in-Chief, he was Managing Editor of the division from September 2002, and Editor of The Business Times from May 1992. He joined The Straits Times in October 1986 from the Singapore Government’s Administrative Service where his last position was Director in the Ministry of Trade and Industry.
He chairs three SPH subsidiaries – SPH Radio, Straits Times Press and Shareinvestor - and is a director of SPH Magazines and Tamil Murasu Ltd. He also serves on the boards of the National University Health System and the Singapore University of Technology and Design.
He graduated from University College, Oxford in 1976 with a Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Engineering Sciences and Economics. He also has a Masters in Public Administration from the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard University.
Mr Anthony Tan (陈康威)
Mr Tan joined SPH as Executive Vice-President, Chinese Media group in February 2015. He was concurrently made Head of the Media Strategy and Analytics Division in December 2015.
Prior to joining SPH, he was Deputy Secretary (Policy), Ministry of Health and concurrently Special Assistant to the late Mr Lee Kuan Yew from 2011-2014. During his career with the Singapore Public Service spanning more than 15 years, he served in various organisations including the Ministries of Finance, Home Affairs, Manpower as well as the People’s Association.
He chairs two SPH subsidiaries, Blu Inc Media Hong Kong Ltd and SGCM Pte Ltd, and is on the boards of various other SPH subsidiaries. He also serves on the boards of IDA International Pte Ltd and Mediacorp Press Ltd.
He graduated from the National University of Singapore in 1997 with a Bachelor of Social Science (Honours) in Political Science. He also has a Master of Science (Management) degree from the Stanford Business School.
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Incorporated in 1984, main board-listed Singapore Press Holdings Ltd (SPH) is Asia’s leading media organisation, engaging minds and enriching lives across multiple languages and platforms.
The English/Malay/Tamil Media group (EMTM) comprises the print and digital operations of The Straits Times, The Business Times, The New Paper, Berita Harian, My Paper (English section) and their respective student publications
. It also includes subsidiaries Tamil Murasu Ltd, which publishes Tamil Murasu and tabla!; book publishing arm Straits Times Press; SPH Data Services, which licenses the use of the Straits Times Index in partnership with the Singapore Exchange and FTSE-Russell Ltd; financial data company ShareInvestor; and the two English stations of SPH Radio - Kiss92 and ONE FM 91.3.
The Chinese Media group (CMG) publishes three Chinese newspapers in print and digital format - Lianhe Zaobao, Lianhe Wanbao and Shin Min Daily News; four student weeklies - zbCOMMA, Thumbs Up, Thumbs Up Junior and Thumbs Up Little Junior, ZBBZ Newsgazine and My Paper (Chinese section). It also operates SPH Radio's Chinese radio station, UFM100.3, and Focus Publishing, which produces a range of books and magazines including U-Weekly.
SPH's other new media initiatives include AsiaOne, Stomp, zaobao.sg, omy.sg and SPH Razor.
On an average day, 2.8 million* individuals or 68 per cent of people above 15 years old, read one of SPH's news publications in print copies or one of our digital platforms. (* Nielsen Media Index 2015, Monday-Sunday, read any SPH newspapers in print or digital format)
SPH Magazines, SPH's wholly-owned subsidiary, publishes and produces more than 100 magazine titles and has various online sites, like hardwarezone.com, herworldplus.com and luxuryinsider.com in Singapore and the region, covering a broad range of interests from lifestyle to information technology. It has also invested in digital newsstand Magzter.
SPH also provides out-of-home (OOH) advertising options where it manages large format screens and static billboards at key locations in the Central Business District, Orchard Road, City Fringe as well as major heartland hubs.
SPH Buzz is a modern retail convenience chain with a network of stores around the island.
SPH has a 20 per cent stake in MediaCorp TV Holdings Pte Ltd, which operates free-to-air channels 5, 8 and U, and a 40 per cent stake in MediaCorp Press Limited, which publishes the free newspaper, Today.
SPH REIT is a Singapore-based REIT established to invest in a portfolio of income-producing real estate primarily for retail purposes. SPH REIT comprises Paragon, a premier upscale retail mall and medical suite/office property in Orchard Road and The Clementi Mall, a mid-market suburban mall in the centre of Clementi town.
The Seletar Mall, located in Sengkang, is SPH's latest retail development. This property is a potential asset to be injected into SPH REIT. SPH’s wholly-owned subsidiary, Times Development Pte Ltd, also developed a 43-storey upmarket residential condominium, Sky@eleven, at Thomson Road.
Online ClassifiedSPH’s online classifieds include the leading online marketplace for jobs (STJobs, FastJobs), property (STProperty), cars (STCars) and general classifieds (STClassifieds,Trezo), sgCarMart and StreetSine.
SPH's regional joint venture online classified business has a number of leading online classified sites in the region.
Events and Exhibitions
Sphere Exhibits, Sphere Conferences, Exhibits Inc and Bizlink Exhibition Services organise innovative consumer and trade events and exhibitions as well as large scale conferences in Singapore and the region.
SPH has a 22 per cent stake in preschool and enrichment provider MindChamps.
For more information, please visit www.sph.com.sg.