NEW YORK – The News Corp. Ltd. said that it has elected venture capitalist Thomas J. Perkins to its board of directors.

Perkins, 64, is a founding partner at the San Francisco-based venture capital company Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers. He is also chairman of Tandem Computers Inc. and a director of Philips Electronics N.V.

Following Perkins’ appointment, the News Corp. board will expand to 16 members.

In making Tuesday’s announcement, News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch said: “Tom’s expertise in the area of computing and new technology will serve News Corp. well as we look to further develop and expand our News Technology Group. We look forward to his advice and counsel.”

Before co-founding Kleiner Perkins in 1972, Perkins worked at Hewlett Packard, where he was director of corporate development from 1970-72 and general manager of the company’s computer division from 1965-70.

Perkins is a 1953 graduate of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology with a B.S. in Electrical Engineering. He received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1957. He is past president and chairman of the National Venture Capital Assn.

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