Jill Abramson to become first-ever woman to helm the Gray Lady

She succeeds the current executive editor of The New York Times, Bill Keller, who will stay on as a writer and Sunday columnist.

He’s on his way out the door.

On Thursday, the Times announced that Jill Abramson, the paper’s managing editor since 2003, will become the first-ever female executive editor of the Gray Lady.

“It’s meaningful to me,” she told a Times reporter. “You stand on the shoulders of those who came before you, and I couldn’t be prouder to be standing on Bill’s shoulders.”

Last year, Abramson took a break from her daily duties as managing editor to familiarize herself with the paper’s online operation.

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