Indian-origin journalist Davan Maharaj named editor of LA Times
Davan Maharaj, the Indian-origin managing editor at LA Times has been named as the new editor and executive vice president of the Los Angeles Times.
will take the place of Russ Stanton, under whose leadership the paper to three Pulitzer Prizes
, 49, will become the paper's 15 th editor after Stanton departs Dec. 23.
has worked at the paper for 22 years, including as a correspondent in Africa.
Davan Maharaj was named managing editor of the Los Angeles Times in May 2008, with oversight of the Foreign, National, Metro, Sports and Business departments.
is responsible for shaping coverage, deploying people and overseeing personnel decisions with Editor Russ Stanton.
Maharaj has worked as a reporter for The Times in Orange County, Los Angeles and East Africa.
Maharaj has been an assistant foreign editor and, in Business, served as a deputy editor before assuming leadership of the department last year.
During Maharaj's tenure, the Business section revamped its coverage to give greater emphasis to consumer issues.
It also redesigned its Sunday section to focus on personal finances.
A native of Trinidad with a political science degree from the University of Tennessee and a master's degree in law from Yale, Maharaj became Business editor in 2007, emphasizing greater coverage of consumer issues and personal finance.
has been managing editor for news since 2008, with responsibility for the foreign, national, metro, sports and business staffs.
"I am humbled and honored to lead one of the most talented and resilient newsrooms in the nation," Maharaj
Dean Baquet, who served as editor of The Times and is now managing editor for news at the New York Times, described Maharaj as "a very ambitious, energetic, honorable guy."