The Washington Post is getting a new face: National Geographic’s executive editor of e-publishing David Griffin.

Griffin joins the Post to fill a newly-created position: Visuals Editor.

He starts March 21, the NPPA reports.

“We’ve been working on this for some time,” Post assistant managing editor Michel du Cille said. “We’ve wanted to have one editor who is in charge of all the visuals, the paper, the Web site, multimedia, a big editor with a big vision to run things visually overall, someone who will bring continuity and power to visuals and will be able to make the big sweeping decisions.”

Griffin told NPPA’s News Photographer magazine: “”I’m very excited about the fact that the Post offered me this incredible opportunity to lead such an amazing team. I was blown away that I was selected.”

Griffin’s role will be to unify the visuals of all of the Washington Post platforms, whether they be web, print, or mobile.

Bringing Griffin to the Post, News Photographer said, took “several months” of recruiting from du Cille and others.