Women in Journalism has appointed Times editorial director Eleanor Mills as its new chair.
Commenting on her new role Mills said she wanted to highlight the issue of protecting children from online pornography.
WIJ is a campaigning organisation which promotes the role of women in newspapers and magazines.
Mills joined the Sunday Times in 1998 from the Daily Telegraph, where she was the youngest ever features editor.
News UK chief executive officer Mike Darcey said: "Eleanor was one of several promotions this year that saw talented women join the senior management teams of all our papers. It is great news that she has now been recognised by her industry colleagues and I have no doubt that she will bring the great skills, drive and passion we value to furthering the aims of Women in Journalism.”
Mills said: “I would like to use my time at the helm to build on its long tradition of raising the profile of women in our industry and to campaign on issues such as representation of women in areas such as News where traditionally they have been few in number. There is a great wave of young women entering the workforce, I want to give them role models to be proud of and the help they need to get to the top. Their talents are essential to create the digital future of the media.”
News UK has recently promoted a number of women to senior editorial positions with Victoria Newton becoming editor of the Sun on Sunday. Emma Tucker and Sarah Baxter have been appointed deputy editors at the Times and the Sunday Times respectively.