December 10, 2014 Last Updated 11:01 am

Alan Rusbridger to leave post as editor of The Guardian to become chair of The Scott Trust

The editor-in-chief of Guardian News & Media, Alan Rusbridger, announced that he will exit his role next summer to assume the position of chair of The Scott Trust, the British company that owns Guardian Media Group.

Rusbridger will succeed Liz Forgan, who was appointed chair of The Scott Trust in 2003.

“Alan has been the outstanding editor of his generation. Fully embracing the opportunities of the digital age, he has built on the best traditions of his distinguished predecessors, transforming the Guardian from a print-only national newspaper into the world’s leading quality newspaper website,” Forgan said in the company’s announcement. “We are delighted that The Scott Trust and the wider Group will continue to benefit from his experience, overseeing the independent body that guarantees the editorial integrity and commercial future of the Guardian.”

Rusbridger, who will be 61 on December 29, joined The Guardian as a reporter in 1979. He became features editor in 1994, and editor-in-chief the next year.

Of his many accomplishments, one of the most recent has been the growth the Guardian as a leading news voice in the United States. The newspaper’s U.S. website was launched in 2007 under the direction of Michael Tomasky, and though that effort was eventually shuttered, the idea remained very much alive. In 2009 Guardian US was launched and has proved to have staying power. The Guardian has also had a leading role in breaking news derived from the Edward Snowden leaks.

“In global journalism, there are a handful of roles that have the capability to redefine our industry,” Rusbridger said in the announcement. “I am privileged to have held one of those roles for 20 years, a period in which successful newspapers have become global content providers, reaching audiences in dramatically new and valuable ways.”

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