Senior executive director of the London Evening Standard Evgeny Lebedev announced via Twitter on Friday that Sarah Sands is the new editor of the free local daily newspaper, according to The Guardian.
Lebedev tweeted, “proud to announce Sarah Sands is new #Standard Editor. Sure she and her brilliant staff will do a great job in a huge year for the paper.”
Sands, previously deputy editor, will succeed Geordie Greig, who resigned from the Standard to edit the Mail on Sunday, the article said.
Sands is one of few women in the UK who hold senior newspaper positions. As we previously reported, a recent study by Women in Journalism found that 8 of 10 leading UK newspapers had half as many female editors as male editors.
The Guardian reported that Sands initially intended to follow Greig as deputy editor of the Mail on Sunday, but reconsidered after many voiced support in her favor, including London mayor Boris Johnson.