Hugo Gurdon, editor in chief of The Hill, has been hired as editorial director of the Washington Examiner.

He will leave The Hill on July 31 and start work in the newly-created post at the Washington Examiner on August 18. He plans to strengthen news coverage rapidly, particularly federal policymaking.

Lou Sabatier, chief executive of Washington Examiner’s parent company, MediaDC, said, “This is an exciting day in the continued growth and development of the Washington Examiner. Over the past 30 years Hugo Gurdon has built a distinguished career as a journalist, both as an editor and as a writer. We are delighted to have his talents directing strategy across all our platforms.”

Gurdon has worked at some of the world’s most respected news brands, including The Daily Telegraph, of London, and National Post, of Canada.

Since 2003 he has headed The Hill, dramatically raising its profile and reputation, and turned it from a weekly paper into a multimedia news organization with a 24/7 websiteand four print editions a week.

Commenting on his move, Gurdon said, “I relish this opportunity to build on the excellent work being done at the Washington Examiner, and to give it added depth, authority and reach. [It] attracts millions of readers across America, and internationally, and we have exciting plans to add to this readership and to the gravitas and insight that we bring to them. I greatly look forward to getting down to work.”

In his new position, Gurdon will oversee, digital and social media, and the Washington Examiner’s weekly magazine. He will also play a leading role in developing e-books, newsletters and events.

Gurdon has worked for a wide range of publications on six continents since he began as a reporter in the 1980s. At The Daily Telegraph he was Washington bureau chief, a member of the editorial board, Tokyo bureau chief, financial news editor, Wall Street correspondent and Southeast Asia correspondent. At National Post he was managing editor.