New York--The New York Times Co. announced Monday that Bill Keller, 54, an op-ed columnist for The New York Times,
has been named executive editor of the newspaper. Keller replaces interim executive editor Joseph Lelyveld effective July 30. Lelyveld came out of retirement to fill the post after Howell Raines resigned in the wake of the Jayson Blair scandal. Keller previously served as managing editor for The New York Times
from 1997 to 2001 after having been the newspaper's foreign editor from 1995 to 1997.