Dato' Ho Kay Tat

Group Chief Officer & Publisher, The Edge Communications


Ho Kay Tat, 60, has been in journalism for 30 over years. He spent 6 years with the New Straits Times group, Malaysia's biggest newspaper company. In the NST, he reported extensively on Malaysian politics. In 1990, he joined the Kuala Lumpur bureau of Reuters just as Malaysia’s economic boom was starting to take place and covered mainly economic, corporate and money market news. He left Reuters to be the KL correspondent for the Singapore Business Times in 1994 where apart from reporting, he had a weekly column on Malaysia called “Market Matters”.

From Singapore BT, he joined The Edge, a business and investment weekly in Malaysia, as Editor in August, 1996. He also assumed the role of Editor for Asia Inc, a regional business publication from 2003 until May 2005.

Kay Tat was appointed Managing Director and Editor-in-Chief of The Edge and The Edge Financial Daily in 2005. On October 1, 2009 he stepped down as Managing Director. He was Editor-in-Chief until June 2010.

In 2010 Kay Tat took up the post of Chief Executive Officer of The Star publications. He held that position until 2012.

Currently he is the Publisher and Group Chief Executive Officer of The Edge Media Group.

Kay Tat was conferred the title “Dato’” by the Sultan of Perak in November 2018.

Kay Tat majored in political science while studying at the Science University in Penang, Malaysia. He also took a minor programme in mass communications.


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