AP names Daisy Veerasingham its new chief He will replace Gary Pluto, who will retire at the end of the year after nearly a decade in the role. Its start date is January 1st.
“There is no doubt that this is a challenging media environment. Like other media companies, we have been under revenue pressure from time to time,” Birsingham said in an interview. “So we really need to strengthen our core business in the media, but we also have to work hard to really grow.”
AP names Daisy Veerasingham its new chief Birsingham, 51, joined the AP in 2004 as director of sales for the television news department in London. He was promoted to chief operating officer in 2019 and became the company’s chief operating officer and vice president in February.
The AP employs thousands of reporters reporting from 250 bureaus around the world and interviews candidates for the post of editor-in-chief, which is its best work of journalism. Sally Buzzby left the post in May to take over as Martin Baron as editor-in-chief of the Washington Post.
“We have really interesting candidates, and we hope we can make an appointment within the next month,” Birsingham said.
In a statement, Mr. Pluit said he felt it was a good time to “pass the stick”.
“There’s no one better than Daisy, with whom I’ve worked closely over the past decade, to take AP to the next chapter,” he said.