21st Century Fox has appointed Paul Cheesbrough, formerly CTO of Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., as chief technology officer overseeing the media conglomerate’s tech, platforms and systems worldwide.
Cheesbrough will report to executive chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch in the newly created position. He will be based at 21CF’s New York City headquarters and starts Dec. 1. Reporting to Cheesbrough in his new role will be the enterprise technology leaders from Fox Networks Group, Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox News Channel.
“Paul is an outstanding executive and strategist whose great operational chops and track record in technology we know very well,” the Murdoch brothers said in a statement. “Our business demands continuous innovation across everything we do. We can’t think of anyone more qualified than Paul to ensure it extends equally to how we harness technology to empower our people and businesses.”
Cheesbrough joined News Corp’s U.K. business unit, News U.K., as chief information officer in 2010 and was named CTO of News Corp in 2012. Prior to that, he held executive technology leadership positions at Telegraph Media Group, the BBC and IBM. He also currently serves as the chairman of Unruly Media, the social video-ad distributor News Corp acquired last year.
With Cheesbrough’s exit from News Corp., the publishing company said it has commenced a search for a new CTO and named as interim CTO Marc Frons, who is currently global head of mobile platform and deputy head of technology. In addition, News Corp said it has created a global M&A and strategic alliances team headed by chief strategy officer Anoushka Healy, who will be joined in December by Matt Goldberg (previously QVC’s head of corporate development) as global head of M&A and strategic alliances.