Dean Baquet replaces Jill Abramson as New York Times executive editor

BY Colleen Shalby  May 14, 2014 at 5:09 PM EST

Jill Abramson, the New York Times’ first female executive editor, is leaving her post after three years. Taking her place is the Times’ managing editor Dean Baquet, the first African-American to hold the position.

Arthur Sulzberger, Jr., — the newspaper’s publisher — made the announcement to staff on Wednesday.

“Our business continues its digital transformation,” said Sulzberger, “ and in our newsroom, we are moving fast to a digital -first reality.”

The change came unexpectedly, and as even the Times reported, the “reasons for the switch were not immediately clear.”