News revises board in move to N.Y.

Murdoch appoints Barnes, Dinh to replace Kraehe

In the run-up to the company’s patriation as a U.S. corporation, News Corp. has expanded its board of directors with the addition of two independent members.

Company announced Friday that Peter Barnes, former president of Philip Morris Asia, and former Bush administration adviser Viet Dinh, a law professor at Georgetown U., have been elected to the board of directors.

Appointments are effective immediately as is the resignation of board member Graham Kraehe, who was recently named chair of the National Australia Bank. Kraehe served as chairman of News’ audit committee. Changes increase the number of directors from 13 to 14.

Announcing the new board members, News Corp. chair-CEO Rupert Murdoch said Barnes and Dinh “share an extraordinary breadth of experience that will complement the world-class slate of outside directors already on the News Corp. board.”

“Viet Dinh has had a remarkable career that has earned him the respect and admiration of legal scholars, politicians and business leaders. Having arrived in America as a Vietnamese refugee at age 10, Viet’s academic brilliance and sheer hard work have propelled him to the very top of his field. His work as a key adviser to the Bush administration in the war on terror has been invaluable to the security of the American people.”

Barnes, 61, lives in Sydney, Australia, while Dinh, 36, is professor of law and director of the Asian Law and Policy Studies Program at Georgetown in Washington.

Moves come as News Corp. prepares to shift its official corporate headquarters and primary stock residence from Australia to the New York Stock Exchange. U.S. regulators have tightened guidelines on corporate governance and oversight, insisting on a balanced mix of board members.

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