The South China Morning Post's deputy editor, Tammy Tam, will succeed Xiangwei Wang as editor-in-chief on 1 January next year, the company has announced.
Tam assumed the position of deputy editor in February 2012, after a career as a television journalist with TVB and a stint as ATV's senior vice president.
She is the first woman to take the role of editor-in-chief in the newspaper's 112-year history.
Wang returns home to Beijing, where his family lives, after four years as Hong Kong-based editor-in-chief. He will remain connected to the paper, as an editorial advisor to Tam.
SCMP Group CEO Robin Hu said in a message to staff that Tam's experience over multiple mediums puts her in position to lead the SCMP into "round-the-clock publishing".
"The Post had grown and thrived together with Hong Kong for over a century as an independent voice in the city, which is uniquely placed to help the world understand China," Tam said.
“Now, under one country, two systems, my colleagues and I will take the fullest advantage of this privileged position to tell the Hong Kong and China story."
Hong Kong Free Press reported that at least two dozen reporters, including long-standing veterans and award-winning journalists, have left the paper in the past six months alone.