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Scott Trust appoints new chair

The Scott Trust, the sole shareholder of Guardian Media Group, yesterday announced the appointment of Ole Jacob Sunde as its new chair.

Scott Trust appoints new chair
Ole Jacob Sunde: "The Guardian, The Observer and the Scott Trust itself are hugely important institutions in global media."

Ole Jacob joined the Scott Trust in 2015 and was appointed Acting Chair in March 2021. He has been associated with Schibsted ASA, Scandinavia’s largest media group, for 30 years, having been elected to the Schibsted Board in 2000 and serving as its Chair since 2002. He is also the Chair of the Tinius Trust, and a member of the Board of Visitors at Columbia University School of Journalism.

David Olusoga, chair of the Scott Trust's nominations committee, said: "Ole Jacob is an authority on the critical importance of independent journalism. He also brings deep expertise in digital media, as chair of Scandinavia's largest media group.

"These qualities, and his personal integrity and commitment to the Scott Trust's values, make him the ideal person to chair and oversee the Trust in a critical period. Scott Trust members were pleased to endorse him as chair on a unanimous basis."

Ole Jacob Sunde said: "The Guardian, The Observer and the Scott Trust itself are hugely important institutions in global media, whose names are bywords for journalistic excellence, independence, courage and integrity.

"I was privileged to join the Trust in 2015 and I now feel honoured to accept the role of chair, with the support of my fellow Trust members. I look forward to supporting the Scott Trust's mission and working to secure the financial and editorial independence of the Guardian in perpetuity.”

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