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David Walmsley has been appointed as editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail.Sarah Dea/The Globe and Mail

The Globe and Mail has appointed David Walmsley as its new editor-in-chief.

Mr. Walmsley, a former managing editor of The Globe, rejoins the organization after serving as director of news content at CBC News.

"David is joining The Globe and Mail at a pivotal time for our industry, as consumer needs continually change and the role of journalism needs to adapt," said Phillip Crawley, The Globe's publisher and chief executive officer.

"David will continue to strengthen The Globe's reputation for outstanding journalism, including attracting and growing great talent, and inspiring innovative thinking."

Mr. Walmsley succeeds John Stackhouse, who held the position since 2009. Mr. Stackhouse joined The Globe in 1989, winning five National Newspaper Awards for feature writing, business reporting and international coverage, and working as foreign editor and national editor before leading Report on Business for more than five years.

"I thank John for his long service and his role in spearheading our efforts through several milestones, including The Globe's redesign in 2010, the launch of Globe Unlimited and finding smart ways to deliver more Globe content on digital platforms," Mr. Crawley said.

Mr. Walmsley, 43, returns to The Globe after 20 months as director of news content at CBC News and Centres, where he was responsible for all coverage on broadcast platforms, including TV, radio and digital.

Before that, he was managing editor of The Globe from 2009 to 2012.

Mr. Walmsley has held leadership positions at four major Canadian news organizations. After working for newspapers across Britain, including the Daily Mail and Daily Telegraph, he moved to Canada for the launch of the National Post in 1998 and worked at CBC News and the Toronto Star before joining The Globe in 2006.

His appointment as editor-in-chief of The Globe and Mail is effective March 24.