The Globe and Mail has appointed John Stackhouse as its new editor-in-chief, effective today.
Mr. Stackhouse, 46, was previously editor of Report on Business.
A former foreign correspondent, foreign editor and national editor, Mr. Stackhouse has most recently championed the relaunch of the Globe Investor website. A Queen's University commerce graduate, he has won five National Newspaper Awards for feature writing, business reporting and international coverage.
Mr. Stackhouse has raised the ROB to "levels of excellence in print and online which are unsurpassed," publisher Phillip Crawley in a statement to staff.
Mr. Stackhouse replaces Edward Greenspon, who had held the position since 2002 and who spearheaded its redesign. Under Mr. Greenspon's leadership, the paper has won a record number of media awards.
"He (Mr. Greenspon) made his reputation as an astute observer of Canadian politics and turned the Ottawa bureau into a powerhouse of coverage," Mr. Crawley said in his statement to staff.
"Since 2002, he has spearheaded our editorial transformation, particularly in exploring new ways to tell stories. I know you will join me in thanking Ed and wishing him well as he moves on to new challenges."
Mr. Crawley said the appointment of a new editor-in-chief is just one step in a process "to restructure our business, to meet the challenges of the current economic environment and the rapid changes in media consumption habits."
"New skills and different styles of leadership are needed to take The Globe and Mail to levels of achievement which meet the ambitions of our shareholders, to cement our standing as the best in Canada at creating high-quality content for consumption on whatever platform is most desirable for our readers, users and advertisers," he added.
"We are building on a position of strength not enjoyed by many of our competitors. The executive changes are intended to ensure that The Globe and Mail is in the prime spot to take advantage of the market opportunities that will arise when the recession eases."
Mr. Crawley also announced that, effective Monday, the role of Vice-President Digital will be filled by Angus Frame, "who has proved that he has the skill and determination to lead this department since his move from Editorial last summer."
Mr. Frame, 37, who graduated in political science from McMaster and from Ryerson in journalism, has worked for The Globe and Mail since 1996 and was editor of globeandmail.com before switching to Digital last year.
"He will work closely with the new VP of IT (to be named soon) and with Roger Dunbar, who has headed Digital for the last two years, and who now takes up the new position of VP of Business Development and Marketing," Mr. Crawley announced.