Kahn. (Photo via The New York Times)
Kahn. (Photo via The New York Times)

The New York Times announced Friday that Joseph Kahn will be its new managing editor, a position that has been vacant for two years.

In addition, Susan Chira, one of the Times' deputy executive editors, will be leaving the masthead to cover gender issues for the newspaper, according to an announcement from the newspaper.

In a staff memo announcing Kahn's appointment, New York Times Executive Editor Dean Baquet called the international editor "my friend" and pointed out that he is "literally my neighbor."

Since Joe will be my partner I should say a few things about him personally. Besides being my friend, he is literally my neighbor, meaning the power dynamic of The Times’s newsroom has officially shifted to Greenwich Village. He has covered Wall Street and economics, which gives true business heft to our leadership team.

Baquet's decision reverses his earlier remaking of The New York Times masthead that saw the elimination of the managing editor position in favor of several co-equal deputy executive editors.

The New York Times will name Kahn's successor on the international desk soon, according to a story from The New York Times. As the story notes, Kahn's promotion will likely spur speculation among the ranks of the newspaper about Baquet's eventual successor.