Foreign Affairs, the longstanding journal of the Council on Foreign Relations, has announced that Lynda Hammes is its new publisher.

Hammes, who previously served as deputy publisher and director of digital strategy of Foreign Affairs, will oversee all business operations, while continuing to manage the magazine’s digital strategy.

“Foreign Affairs is entering a fresh and vital era, and I’m eager to harness the technology and new media that will help us reach a broader global audience,” Hammes said.

According to Foreign Affairs, its Web site averages more than 550,000 monthly unique visitors that translates into nearly two million monthly page views. It has also built its digital audience through its nearly 90,000 followers on Twitter, and 70,000 on Facebook. The publication has also launched Foreign Affairs Live for events and a popular video series, Foreign Affairs Focus.

“The growth of Foreign Affairs has been remarkable, and Lynda has played a critical role for nearly a decade,” said CFR President Richard N. Haass. “She brings to the job a proven track record in all aspects of magazine publishing.”

Hammes succeeds David Kellogg, who is retiring after 25 years.