Rehana Begg has been named editor-in-chief of Machine Design, effective immediately. With more than 20 years of media, content and publication experience, Begg joined Machine Design in 2019 as a senior editor. Since then, she has led a number of new editorial initiatives within both Machine Design and Endeavor Business Media.
“Rehana’s skill, experience and enthusiasm makes her the ideal person to lead Machine Design’s continuing content improvements online, in print, and across the digital landscape,” said Bob Vavra, senior content director for Machine Design. “She is a respected voice in manufacturing, and I am thrilled to be able to amplify that voice for the benefit of our audience.”
Since joining Machine Design, Begg has developed content across all platforms around topics such as automation, IIoT and Industry 4.0. For her efforts, she received the EBBIE award in 2020 as Endeavor Business Media’s Editor of the Year. She also has led the Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) initiative, which compiles coverage on women and equity-seeking groups across STEM disciplines. Since 2015, she has been a juror for Bentley’s Year in Infrastructure Awards, a global infrastructure and software implementation program that recognizes projects at the leading edge.
“Rehana’s passion for the manufacturing and engineering community shines through in her work with the WISE initiative,” said Michelle Kopier, group associate publisher of Endeavor’s Design & Engineering Group. “Her dedication to offsetting bias and supporting diversity through elevation of unseen and unheard experts demonstrates her understanding of the long-term implications to the advancement of the industry without a diverse breadth of voices.”
Prior to joining Machine Design, Begg spent six years with Annex Business Media in Canada as editor and content manager for the company’s CanadianManufacturing.com website and Machinery and Equipment MRO magazine. She also worked for the Plant Engineering & Maintenance title at Annex Business Media. Prior to her work in manufacturing, Begg was editor of Benefits Canada magazine in Toronto, which received the 2013 Market Research Intelligence Association Public Policy Impact Award for a leading research initiative based on employer-sponsored pension plans.
Begg received her undergraduate degree in political science from York University in Toronto, with a post-graduate degree in journalism from Centennial College. She also holds a master’s degree in journalism from Toronto Metropolitan (Ryerson) University and an MBA in project management from Aspen University.