News Corp, the newspaper company that is part of Rupert Murdoch’s media empire, has named Jim Kennedy as its chief communications officer, the company said Wednesday.

Kennedy has overseen media relations for Sony Corporation of America at Sony’s New York headquarters since October 2011. He previously served as head of communications for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City, California. Kennedy joined Sony Pictures in 2005 after a career in public service that included work as a Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton. He was also head of communications for the White House Counsel’s office, Vice President Al Gore, Senators Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut Attorney General’s office, and the Clinton Foundation.

He starts his new role on December 9 and will report to News Corp Chief Executive Robert Thomson. He will be based in New York.