Healy to help fashion strategic direction

News Corp. Friday named Anoushka Healy, current group managing editor of The Times and Sunday Times in London, as chief strategy officer of its new global publishing entity once it splits in two later this year. William Lewis, group general manager of News International, will be chief creative officer.

Healy will help fashion the strategic direction of the new News Corp., which will house the papers and HarperCollins. She’ll oversee best practices across the organization, new projects and supporting talent across businesses.

Lewis will be responsible for creative strategy and will have a central role in developing new commercial opportunities, including product launches, digital initiatives and acquisitions. He joined News Corp. in London in 2010 and became an executive member of the conglom’s Management and Standards Committee in July, 2011.

Both execs will be based in New York and report to Robert Thomson, CEO of the new News Corp.

When the separation is complete, likely sometime this summer, News Corp.’s entertainment assets will be housed under a separate publicly traded company called Fox Group.

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