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Rajiv Lochan to lead all non-editorial operations of The Hindu and Group newspapers

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NEW DELHI: The Hindu Group today announced that Rajiv C Lochan had been appointed as managing director and chief executive office of the group with effect from 1 June 2014.

According to the Board of Directors decision announced by the newspaper today, he will lead all non-editorial operations of the company and will join the Board of Directors of Kasturi and Sons Limited (KSL), publishers of The Hindu and Group newspapers.

KSL chairman N Ram and co-chairman N Murali said: “In this digital age when the Indian press, and specifically The Hindu newspaper group, faces radically new types of challenges and opportunities, when relevant and rich editorial content that continually engages a variety of readers and best editorial practices need to go hand in hand with a smart business strategy that thinks two steps ahead, operates with a progressive vision rooted in values, and balances its responsibilities of ensuring value to shareholders, a fair and just deal for employees, and sustained gains for readers, advertisers, and other partners in the business, we are confident that we have found the right person to head the non-editorial operations of the company.”

They added: “Rajiv brings to his challenging role as MD & CEO of KSL dynamism and social awareness combined with a winning record as a professional who has led in driving performance and transforming the culture of large organisations in step with rapidly changing times. We are excited about this change at the helm of our business operations.”

Lochan was a partner with McKinsey & Company and founding location manager of McKinsey’s practice in Chennai. His focus in McKinsey was to help leaders and leadership teams drive performance and cultural transformation of their organisations. In addition, he focused on the social sector, primarily rural economic development and financial inclusion.

Lochan is currently the trustee of IKP Trust and will continue to devote time to public health issues in rural India. He graduated from IIT, Madras and has advanced degrees from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Columbia Business School.

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