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News Corp. ups labor vet

Ferris to become exec veep of labor relations

News Corp. has promoted veteran labor exec Dean Ferris to the post of exec VP of labor relations for News America Inc.

In his new role, Ferris will serve as chief labor negotiator and oversee employee benefits, travel and security for Fox Group’s U.S.-based businesses. He had been senior VP, employee relations and administration, for News America.

“Dean is one of the most skilled labor negotiators in the entertainment industry as well as one of its most seasoned employee relations executives,” said Peter Chernin, News Corp. prexy and chief operating officer. “His richly deserved promotion is recognition of the expert guidance he has provided News America’s businesses for the past 16 years.”

Ferris joined 20th Century Fox as senior VP, employee relations, in 1985. Before that, he spent a decade with Paramount Pictures, first as director of personnel and later as VP of employee relations.

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