Chip Smith joins 21st Century Fox as EVP of public affairs

He will oversee the company's policy offices in the U.S., Hong Kong, Brussels, and the U.K.

NEW YORK: 21st Century Fox has named Chip Smith, a former top campaign aide to Al Gore, as EVP of public affairs, the company said Thursday.

Smith will oversee global legislative, regulatory, and strategic policy matters for the company.

Beginning this summer, Smith will replace Michael Regan. Smith will be based in the company’s New York and Washington, D.C., offices, the company said in a statement.

Smith will also oversee the company’s policy offices in the U.S., Hong Kong, Brussels, and the U.K., the company said in a statement. He will report to executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch.

Regan has served as leader of the company’s D.C. lobbying arm for 15 years. His resignation was announced last week.

Smith was not immediately available for comment.

His resume includes experience in the agency, public affairs, and politics sectors. Smith cofounded the Glover Park Group in 2002, becoming CEO in 2007. It was acquired by holding company WPP in 2011.

Earlier in his career, Smith was an EVP at Shrum, Devine & Donilon, a firm specializing in political media and public relations. In 1996, he joined MCI, which was later acquired by Verizon for $8.4 billion in 2006. There, he served as its chief of staff and executive director of strategy and communications, which involved messaging to investors, the media, regulators, and others.

Smith served as deputy campaign manager for Gore’s 2000 White House run, helping to oversee the campaign’s daily operations.

This story was updated on May 6 to add that Smith will also be based in Washington, D.C.

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