‘The Hindu’ appoints Mukund Padmanabhan as editor
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New Delhi: The board of Kasturi and Sons Ltd (KSL), which publishes The Hindu, on Wednesday appointed Mukund Padmanabhan as the newspaper’s editor.
“The Board of Directors of Kasturi & Sons Ltd., at its meeting on March 23, 2016, decided unanimously to appoint Mukund Padmanabhan, Editor of Business Line, as Editor of The Hindu,” the company said in an email sent to its employees. Mint has reviewed a copy of the mail.
At the same time, the board named a new editor for the Hindu Business Line, a business newspaper published by Kasturi and Sons. “The KSL Board has also decided unanimously to appoint Raghavan Srinivasan, Senior Associate Editor of Business Line, as Editor of Business Line. The appointments take immediate effect,” said the mail.
Repeated calls and a text message to Padmanabhan remained unanswered.
Padmanabhan joined The Hindu more than 15 years ago. He was made the editor of The Hindu Business Line in August 2012. He is also a keen golfer.
He worked for Sunday, the weekly magazine in Kolkata published by the ABP Group that now publishes The Telegraph, and The Indian Express before joining The Hindu. He wrote editorials and oversaw many of the newspaper’s supplements including the Sunday Magazine, Literary Review and Metro Plus. He also curated two festivals of theatre and music on behalf of the Hindu group of publications—the MetroPlus Theatre Fest and the Friday Review November Fest.
An M.Phil in philosophy, Padmanabhan studied in Chennai, Delhi and at the London School of Economics. He worked briefly as a lecturer in Delhi University before switching to journalism.
N. Ram is the chairman of the KSL board, which has 14 members including former editors Malini Parthasarathy and N.Ravi. Apart from 11 family members, Rajeev Lochan, managing director and chief executive at KSL; Vinita Bali, former chief executive officer and managing director of Britannia Industries Ltd; and S. Mahalingam, chief financial officer of Tata Consultancy Services Ltd, are on the board.
In January, Parthasarathy resigned as editor of The Hindu, less than a year after she took up the job at the newspaper. Suresh Nambath, national editor of The Hindu, was appointed interim head of all editorial activities at the newspaper following her departure. Nambath will continue to be the national editor of the paper.
“The KSL Board placed on record its appreciation of the contribution of Suresh Nambath, National Editor of The Hindu, in managing the editorial transition smoothly and efficiently, drawing on the team strengths of the newspaper,” stated the email.
HT Media Ltd, the publisher of Hindustan Times and Mint, competes with Kasturi and Sons in some markets and product categories.