Stephen Haw, new editor of The Times.
Stephen Haw, new editor of The Times.

STEPHEN Haw, the editor of the Sunday Times’s Express edition, will take the reins at The Times from May 1, Times Media Group said on Wednesday.

He succeeds Phylicia Oppelt, who was named as the new editor of the Sunday Times at the start of this month following the departure of Ray Hartley, another former editor of The Times.

"This is a wonderful opportunity to build on the success that has been achieved by my predecessors at The Times, Ray Hartley and Phylicia Oppelt," Mr Haw said. "I feel very privileged to be building on their legacy."

Under Haw’s leadership, the Express edition had grown the Sunday Times’s overall sales by more than a third in the areas where it was available, Times Media said.

Before that, Haw had worked for Times Media as editorial product development director, leading the team that conceived and designed The Times. He was also the founding editor of the Sunday Times Lifestyle section.

"Haw has been a consistent asset to Times Media, and with his editorial eye and key sense for innovation, we are very confident that he will continue to strengthen The Times as a daily news leader in South Africa," said Mike Robertson, MD of Times Media.

In the meantime, Dominic Mahlangu, deputy editor of The Times, will serve as acting editor.

Mr Hartley has taken a two-month sabbatical and is expected to take a senior position within Times Media on his return.

Times Media is part-owner of Business Day and Financial Mail.

Financial Mail editor Barney Mthombothi this week resigned from the weekly magazine after an eight-year career as head of the publication, and Max Gebhardt has been named acting editor.