SCMP Appoints Lucy Chen as Head of Data and Strategy

Hong Kong, (May 11, 2023) – The South China Morning Post (SCMP) is pleased to announce the appointment of Lucy Chen as Head of Strategy and Data. Reporting directly to Catherine So, CEO of SCMP, this new role oversees the Post’s business strategies and data analytics function, with the mandate of driving business transformations in alignment with evolving strategic focus, institutionalising data-led decision making practices across the organisation through the use of advanced data analytics as well as identifying and implementing execution plans for new business opportunities. 

Chen brings with her over 20 years of experience in strategy, change management, organisational transformation and business development across multiple industries. She joins the Post from SmarTone, where she held senior positions from 2020 to 2023 in corporate strategy, business planning and data analytics, and brought about substantial revenue and operational improvements. 

Prior to, Chen spent almost 15 years in private equity. She entered the industry by starting in GE Equity in 2006 and co-founded Cobalt Equity Partners in 2015 with a focus on making mid-market, growth investments within Greater China, and generating significant value creation in portfolio companies. 

She began her career as a management consultant at McKinsey & Company in 2001, and holds a Bachelor degree in International Relations from Wellesley College and MBA degree from INSEAD.

“Lucy’s appointment reflects the central role that data analytics plays in SCMP’s strategic capabilities and organisation model. I am confident that Lucy’s expertise will lend a solid data-driven foundation across our commercial, corporate and editorial pillars as we entrench the practice of intelligent use of data in our business and newsroom decisions as an industry leader. Under her leadership we will see optimised strategic and operational execution in business planning and transformation.” Catherine So, Chief Executive Officer, South China Morning Post, comments. 

“I’m incredibly honoured and thrilled to join SCMP, a global news leader with a definitive voice on Hong Kong, mainland China and Asia affairs. The unique culture here is a blend of 120 years of legacy and a tech-forward mindset, built by a team of highly passionate and talented colleagues who are invested and committed to the mission and vision of the organisation. I’m excited about the new frontiers and the continual milestones ahead for the Post as a media pioneer,” Lucy Chen, Head of Data and Strategy, South China Morning Post, shares.

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The South China Morning Post is a leading global news company that has reported on China and Asia for more than a century. Founded in 1903, SCMP is headquartered in Hong Kong, where it is the city’s newspaper of record, with a growing correspondent staff across Asia and the United States. SCMP’s vision is to “Elevate Thought” and our mission is to “Lead the global conversation about China”. It is the recipient of hundreds of awards for its journalistic excellence, from such prestigious organisations as the World Association of News Publishers and the Online News Association. A digital-first media organisation, SCMP is also home to Goldthread, a content platform with a focus on food, travel and culture in China, and publishes a portfolio of premium lifestyle and fashion titles in Hong Kong including Cosmopolitan, ELLE, Esquire and Harper’s BAZAAR. In 2020, SCMP became the first news organisation in Asia to join the Trust Project, a consortium of top news companies developing global transparency standards for credible journalism.

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