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Times Reinstates Role of Managing Editor ; Head of Foreign News Is Promoted to Post of Deputy to Dean Baquet

Newspaper article International New York Times

Times Reinstates Role of Managing Editor ; Head of Foreign News Is Promoted to Post of Deputy to Dean Baquet

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Dean Baquet, executive editor, is reinstating the role. He said that Mr. Kahn would be his partner in leading the newsroom.

The New York Times announced on Friday that it was reviving the title of managing editor and naming Joseph Kahn, an assistant editor for international news, to the position.

Dean Baquet, the executive editor of The Times, retired the managing editor title, traditionally the No. 2 position in the newsroom, in 2014. He said in a note to employees on Friday that he was reinstating the role and that Mr. Kahn would be his partner in leading the newsroom.

The company also said that Susan Chira, one of three deputy executive editors, was leaving that role to write about gender issues for The Times.

The elevation of Mr. Kahn, 52, to the second-highest newsroom position establishes him as a leading candidate to succeed Mr. Baquet as top editor. Mr. Baquet, who turns 60 next week, was managing editor before he was named executive editor in May 2014, replacing Jill Abramson. Executive editors at The Times traditionally serve until they are 65, though some leave earlier.

Succession plans at The Times have been a frequent topic of debate for decades, and Mr. Kahn's promotion will most likely set off a fresh round of guesswork and forecasting. When James Bennet rejoined The Times earlier this year as editorial page editor, his appointment also spurred speculation inside the newsroom and out that he would eventually succeed Mr. Baquet.

Also looming over The Times is the question of who will take over as publisher when Arthur Sulzberger Jr. steps aside. At the company's annual meeting in May, Mr. Sulzberger said succession planning had begun and that by next May the company would have named a deputy publisher, a position that traditionally precedes an appointment to publisher. …

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