Rajan appointed Independent editor
Indian-born Rajan - who was comment editor of the daily title - replaces Chris Blackhurst, who is moving on to become group content director.
nother move, all of which take immediate effect, sees Oly Duff become editor of the spin-off i newspaper. He had been news editor of The Independent.
The changes - which also include Lisa Markwell recently moving from executive editor to editor of the Independent On Sunday - were confirmed to staff on Monday morning.
"Our goal is to develop a pioneering and integrated newsroom for the 21st century, providing print, digital and television output 24/7."
He said the "energy, creativity and resourcefulness" of the new editors "will invigorate both the Independent and i".
Rajan, 29, moved to the UK when he was three and studied at Cambridge. He has also been a media advisor to Lebedev.
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