Keller, who has held a number of positions at the FT since 2007, will be responsible for all external and internal comms across the FT Group.
She will relocate from New York to London to lead a global comms team based in London, New York and Hong Kong.
Reporting to FT Group CEO John Ridding, Keller also joins the FT executive board, which oversees the company’s global strategy and performance.
Ridding said: 'In her six years at the Financial Times, Darcy has been instrumental in growing its global reputation for leadership and innovation in publishing, embodied by the success of the FT’s metered access model and its award-winning web app.
‘Her broad communications experience — across corporate, internal, media relations and social media — and digital expertise will be essential as the FT continues to navigate an increasingly complex media landscape and accelerate its digital business.’
During her time at the FT, Keller has worked as deputy director of global comms, head of the global press office and head of comms in the Americas. Since 2010, she has served on the company’s senior management and digital executive teams, responsible for the FT’s digital and mobile strategy and growth in recent years.
Last week PRWeek broke the news that Gilpin-Jacobs will step down next month after seven years at the FT.
She told PRWeek that she felt the time was right to leave, because she had ‘done as much as she could do’ at the FT.
She added: ‘I have been made a number of very interesting international offers, am evaluating all the options and will take a decision on the next step in my career in the next three months.’