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The Times Restructures Leadership

Newspaper article International New York Times

The Times Restructures Leadership

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The executive editor is replacing titles that had been used for decades and remaking the masthead amid changes in the industry.

The executive editor of The New York Times announced broad changes to the newspaper's leadership on Wednesday, replacing titles that had been used for decades and promoting several senior editors.

The editor, Dean Baquet, will retire the job of managing editor, traditionally the second-most senior newsroom position at The Times, and a job he once held, and promote four senior editors -- Susan Chira, Janet Elder, Matt Purdy and Ian Fisher -- to the new title of deputy executive editor, he wrote in a memo to the staff on Wednesday. A fifth editor, Tom Bodkin, will be given the title of creative director, a position equal to the four deputy executive editors.

The changes are intended to make the masthead more nimble and responsive, and strategic in dealing with a shifting industry, Mr. Baquet said. The masthead titles, he said, which have traditionally been seen as something of a coronation, will now be more fluid.

"I anticipate people moving on and off the masthead as our needs evolve," Mr. Baquet said, "and it is important that these moves not be seen as measures of who is up and who is down, but rather as appointments aimed at keeping our journalism and our entire operation as vibrant as possible."

Each deputy executive editor will have a distinct area of responsibility. Ms. Chira will lead the news report, Mr. Baquet said. Ms. Chira was made an assistant managing editor in 2011, after 30 years at The Times. She had previously been a Tokyo correspondent, the editor of the paper's Week in Review section and its foreign editor.

Ms. Elder will manage talent, operations and budget. She was appointed a deputy managing editor in late 2013, with similar responsibilities, after a long career at The Times that included a stint running its polling operation. …

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