Nitzan Chen took over, Sunday as Director of the Government Press Office (GPO) in the Public Diplomacy and Diaspora Affairs Ministry. He succeeds Oran Helman, who served as Director in 2010-2011. Chen recently served as Chairman of the Satellite and Cable Broadcasting Council and has 20 years' experience as a broadcast journalist.
Ministry Director-General Ronen Plot, who served as Acting Director, welcomed Chen by saying, "We view the GPO as an important operational arm, especially regarding links with the foreign press that are so critical to the image of the State of Israel. The past year saw the GPO move to its new quarters and was one in which new positions were filled. The challenges facing the GPO are many and I believe that the incoming Director will deal with them successfully."