In a changing of the guard, Nezar Patria, 47, will become the chief editor of The Jakarta Post on Feb. 1, replacing Endy Bayuni, who served in the position on an interim basis since 2016.
Member of the Post's board of directors Jusuf Wanandi announced the decision on Tuesday during a gathering of newsroom staff in Palmerah, West Jakarta.
"We owe him [Endy] our gratitude for serving in the position in the past two years, before Nezar could assume the position. As for the new chief editor, I hope he can lead this newspaper in this changing environment," Jusuf said.
Prior to assuming the chief editor position, Nezar took the helm of the Post's online department, leading the expansion of the paper's website.
"I left the print business 10 years ago and moved to an online publication, but print media has always been in my blood. My father was a print journalist in Aceh," Nezar said.
Nezar joined Tempo weekly in 1999, before moving on to found news portal vivanews.com in 2008. He was a member of the Press Council from 2013 through 2016.
Nezar said that under his leadership, the Post would continue to contribute to civil discourse while improving the quality of its journalism.
"We're striving to continue to be the best," he said.