President Park Geun-hye has tapped a career journalist to be her new prime minister and a career diplomat to head the national intelligence agency.
On Tuesday, the presidential office announced that Moon Chang-keuk , the former editor-in-chief of the JoongAng Daily and head of the Korea News Editors' Association, had been nominated as the new prime minister.
The spokesperson said the nominee's integrity as a journalist was highly valued, as the new prime minister will lead the government's campaign to root out ill practices in Korean society.
Current ambassador to Japan Lee Byung-kee was named to head the National Intelligence Service.
His logic-based working style and deep understanding of intelligence and security at home and abroad were mentioned in the announcement.
Tuesday's nominations signal that reshufflings within the Cabinet and the presidential office may soon follow.
President Park has pledged sweeping reforms in the aftermath of April's ferry disaster.