Seattle Times president Carolyn Kelly says she will retire in December.
The 57-year-old Kelly has been president and chief operating officer of the Seattle Times Co. since 2001. She's been with the company for 33 years.
In a memo to Times staffers, Kelly says she has no immediate plans other than to think about her future and spend more time with family and friends.
Times Publisher and CEO Frank Blethen says Kelly has been integral to the newspaper's success, especially in helping it weather the difficult times that have beset the industry in the past decade.
Kelly says she's grateful for the Blethen family's trust and confidence throughout her career.
Times spokeswoman Jill Mackie says the company is reorganizing its top leadership responsibilities, and the president and chief operating officer's jobs will be folded into a six-member senior management team.
Kelly will leave Dec. 30.