Mark Thompson, the outgoing director general of the BBC, has been appointed as the chief executive and president of the New York Times company.
Thompson will be replaced by George Entwistle as director general on 17 September. He will take up the role at the New York Times in November.
The NYT company owns the New York Times, the International Herald Tribune and the Boston Globe newspapers.
"Mark is a gifted executive with strong credentials whose leadership at the BBC helped it to extend its trusted brand identity into new digital products and services," said NYT chairman Arthur Sulzberger in a statement.
Thompson said: "I'm particularly excited to be coming to New York Times Company as it extends its influence digitally and globally."