Ruffieux himself asked to be relieved of his duties, the St-Paul Imprimeries company and La Liberté Médias jointly announced on Tuesday. He wants to spend more time writing, they said. The journalist, now 60, spent a total of 18 years in the editorial cadre of the daily: seven years as deputy editor-in-chief, eleven as editor-in-chief. Ruffieux had managed to increase the circulation of his newspaper between 2004 and 2015. This was "an exception in the Swiss press landscape", the publishers praised his work. He will remain with the newspaper as editor.
The 45-year-old Serge Gumy will succeed Ruffieux'. After receiving his journalistic training at La Liberté, Gumy moved to the French-speaking Swiss radio station RTS between 2001 and 2007, then to 24 Heures and the Tribune de Genève for three years. In 2010, he returned to La Liberté, where he rose to deputy editor-in-chief in 2012. (SDA)