Will Lewis, general-manager News International, and Simon Greenberg, head of corporate affairs, are leaving their roles to work full-time on New Corp’s Management and Standards Committee (MSC).
News Corp is based in the USA.
Lord Grabiner, a well-known commercial barrister, was today made independent chairman of MSC, which will get increased powers to clean up the ongoing scandal.
The MSC was created by News International less than two weeks ago to investigate the hacking claims. As well as Lewis and Greenberg, it has been run by general counsel Jeff Palker.
It is understood the committee will now operate as a separate, standalone entity reporting to Joel Klein, newly appointed News Corp independent director, in New York.
Lewis joined News International just over a year ago. He was previously editor of the Daily and Sunday Telegraph, where he won Editor of the Year at the British Press Awards 2010 for his work on the MPs’ expenses story.
Greenberg joined NI at the beginning of this year, from the London 2018 World Cup bid, where he was chief of staff. Prior to that, the former sports journalist was director of comms and public affairs at Chelsea Football Club.
News International is understood to be replacing both roles.
A News Corporation statement released on Monday afternoon confirmed: 'William Lewis and Simon Greenberg will be formally seconded to the MSC from their current positions at News International as full-time executive members with immediate effect. All responsibilities from their previous roles as group general manager and director of corporate affairs will be reassigned.'
Klein said: 'The extension of the MSC is the next step in dealing with the issues surrounding News International. It will co-operate fully with all authorities and also lay the foundation for future standards.'
The statement added: 'The MSC will be housed in a secure unit separate from the main News International office to ensure independence.'