CTO to lead 'The Daily' product design

One day before it is scheduled to debut its iPad-only newspaper the Daily, News Corp. on Tuesday named a chief technology officer who will also serve as president of technology for the company’s digital media group.

John McKinley, who most recently led product design for the Daily, will report to chief digital officer Jon Miller.

Even though the company disbanded its Fox Interactive Media unit in 2009 and has struggled to make MySpace a success, McKinley’s promotion is a clear sign that chairman Rupert Murdoch is not giving up on creating new digital products.

Before coming to News Corp., McKinley served as CTO for AOL and was the head of global technology and services for Merrill Lynch.

McKinley also founded and served as CEO of OurParents, an online service focusing on adults caring for their aging parents.

News Corp. is set to unveil the Daily today at the Guggenheim Museum in New York and will report its earnings after market close.

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