News: CCP Central Committee Organization Department Deputy Chief Zhou Zuyi (周祖翼) was promoted to State Commission Office for Public Sector Reform (SCOPSR) Chief today.
Quick Take: A Zhejiang local, Zhou’s political career started in Shanghai Tongji University after getting his PhD degree, and was appointed in 2011 as Tongji’s Party Secretary (vice-ministerial level). He was further promoted to Central Organization Department in 2014, as the Director of the No.2 Bureau of Cadre Administration, one of the most powerful bureaus in the department that took main charge of personnel-related issues. In October 2016 he was again promoted to Central Organization Deputy Chief. Aged 54, Zhou will now become the youngest among all 16 chiefs of committees and offices under CCP Central Committee. Interestingly, the career trajectory of Zhou’s predecessor Zhang Jinan (张纪南) looked very similar to Zhou’s—Zhang was also central organization deputy chief before being appointed SCOPSR chief, and was concurrently appointed Minister of Human Resources and Social Security (MOHRSS) in March 2018.