Henderson given top comms role at 21st Century Fox

NEW YORK: News Corporation has named top spokesperson Julie Henderson CCO of 21st Century Fox after the company splits into two publicly traded entities later this week.

NEW YORK: News Corporation has named top spokesperson Julie Henderson CCO of 21st Century Fox after the company splits into two publicly traded entities later this week.

Henderson, who is currently SVP of corporate affairs and CCO of News Corporation, will oversee the worldwide building and management of the 21st Century Fox corporate brand. 21st Century Fox will officially become a public company on Friday.

She will continue to lead all global communications initiatives, reporting to Chase Carey, president and COO of News Corporation.

Henderson began her current role in January 2012, when the company's UK newspaper arm was dealing with the fallout from the phone hacking scandal that has beleaguered it for more than two years.

Previously, she served as SVP of corporate communications for the company's former Fox Interactive Media unit. Prior to joining News Corporation, she ran the digital division at mPRm Public Relations.

Ashley Huston is leading communications for the new version of News Corporation, managing external corporate communications and media relations as well as working with the communications leads across the businesses. Huston, who was VP of corporate communications for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal, moved into the role about six months ago. 

The appointments come after the News Corporation board approved plans to separate its broadcast networks from its publishing business.

Under the plans for the split, which are scheduled to be complete this Friday, 21st Century Fox will house networks such as Fox and National Geographic, film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film, and pay-TV services including its 39.1% stake in BSkyB.

Meanwhile, the new News Corporation will include the company's newspapers, including those in the UK, as well as book publisher Harper Collins, digital education arm Amplify, and its Australian TV business.

Rupert Murdoch, currently the CEO and chairman of News Corporation, will serve as chairman and CEO of the 21st Century Fox business and executive chairman of News Corporation.

Robert Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal and a former editor of The Times in the UK, will serve as the new News Corporation's CEO.

Carey said in a statement that “[Henderson] is an invaluable member of our executive team, and her work in effectively communicating our vision and corporate perspective on key issues has become even more vital as we begin a new chapter in our company's history.”

Henderson could not be immediately reached for comment. 

This story was updated on June 25 with information about Ashley Huston's role at News Corporation.

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