Kamal Ahmed, head of communications at the Equality and Human Rights Commission, is to join the Sunday Telegraph as its new business editor.
Ahmed becomes the sixth member of the troubled equality watchdog’s 16-strong ruling body to leave as he rejoins the newspaper industry.
A former Observer executive editor for news, Ahmed left the Guardian News and Media title in 2007 to join the Trevor Philips run Commission.
The Guardian reports a denial from a friend of Ahmed to claims he was leaving because of the turmoil at the watchdog, however his departure will be a blow for Phillips who counted him as one of his closest allies.
“It is not a complete coincidence given what the commission has been through the past year, but the fact is he is going because he has been offered a great job,” said the friend.