Dow Jones retains Huston as permanent comms leader

Ashley Huston, who joined Dow Jones as interim CCO in July, has been selected to fill the role on a permanent basis, effective immediately.

Ashley Huston
Ashley Huston

NEW YORK: Ashley Huston, who joined Dow Jones as interim CCO in July, has been selected to fill the role on a permanent basis, effective immediately.

Reporting to Dow Jones CEO William Lewis, Huston is responsible for internal and external communications. She declined to comment further on her role.

Huston succeeded Dow’s former CCO Paula Keve, who stepped down from the role to move with her family back to her native city of London at the end of August. Keve continued to work with the company through October, according to an internal memo from Lewis.

Keve was not immediately available for comment on her next endeavor.

Huston joined Dow from News Corp., where she served as SVP and deputy head of communications. Since July, she’s handled the interim comms role at Dow while continuing in her position at News Corp.

News Corp. EVP and CCO Jim Kennedy told PRWeek via email that no one is lined up to take over Huston’s position in the interim. It was not immediately clear if she will continue in the News Corp. role.

"I'm going to continue to work closely with [Huston], as I have been, given her combination of experience here at News Corp. and Dow Jones, as well as her sound counsel across a range of issues," said Kennedy, former SVP of strategic communications at Sony Corporation of America, who joined News Corp. last December.

Kennedy was the media company’s first CCO since it split into two publicly traded businesses in June 2013. Its former film and TV business became 21st Century Fox while its media and publishing assets retained the News Corp. name.

Before joining News Corp. in January 2013, Huston spent five years as VP of corporate comms for Dow Jones and The Wall Street Journal.

She also previously served as a VP at Rubenstein Communications; director of media relations at ESPN; and a publicist at CNN.

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