The New York Times Co. announced Monday that Diane Brayton will succeed Kenneth Richieri as the company’s top lawyer on Jan. 1, 2017. Richieri, who has held the general counsel role since 2006, will retire on Dec. 31, 2016.

Brayton began working in the Times’ legal department in 2004, when she was hired as counsel. She was promoted to senior counsel in 2007 and then assistant secretary and assistant general counsel in 2009. Since 2011, Brayton has served as the company’s corporate secretary. And in May 2016, she was named deputy general counsel. In her current role, she oversees areas including regulatory compliance, corporate governance and executive compensation. Prior to joining the Times, Brayton served as vice president and counsel in the legal department of Credit Suisse First Boston from 2002 to 2004.

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