NEW YORK, NEW YORK – November 3, 2011 – News Corporation today announced that Beryl Cook, News Corporation’s Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, will step down from her position in New York effective November 30, 2011.
Ms. Cook will return to the Asia Pacific region to be closer to her family, and will take on a new role as an HR strategic advisor focusing on organizational and talent initiatives across the Company.
“Beryl has brought curiosity, creativity and endless energy to her work. I have valued her good counsel and the progress she has made strengthening our ability to develop and connect colleagues, and provide dedicated people with great opportunities around the world.” Rupert Murdoch, Chairman and CEO of News Corporation said. “I understand her decision to leave New York and am delighted she has agreed to continue playing an important role within the company.”
Ms. Cook joined News Corporation as a journalist and later became a training and human resources executive. She has held leadership positions in News Corporation businesses around the world, including News Limited in Australia, the Fiji Times in Fiji, STAR TV in Asia and BSkyB in the UK. In 2007, she moved to New York to become Chief Human Resources Officer and a member of the Office of the Chairman.
Commenting on her decision, Ms. Cook said: “My 22 years with News Corporation have given me the privilege to work with first-rate leadership teams and HR professionals across the Company. It has been an incredible adventure working in so many locations and with so many talented people. Making the decision to step back has been difficult, but, after more than 20 years on the road, I would like to be closer to my family, and to roll up my sleeves again to work directly with some of the talented teams in the international businesses.”
In a related move, News Corporation also announced that Jeff Mook, currently the Company’s Senior Vice President of Global Compensation, will assume the position of Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer. Mr. Mook, age 50, joined the Company in March 2010 after 25 years as a consultant, including engagements with AT Kearney and as a partner at Towers Perrin, as well as HR leadership roles at ACNielsen, Reader’s Digest, DuPont and The Interpublic Group. Mr. Mook will report to Chase Carey, Deputy Chairman, President and Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation.
“I am very pleased with Jeff’s appointment and believe he will be an outstanding leader,” said Chase Carey. “I have valued Jeff’s counsel and contributions in his short time with News Corporation and I look forward to his playing a key role moving forward.”
Commenting on her successor, Ms. Cook said: “I am thrilled with Jeff’s appointment and I look forward to ensuring a smooth transition and supporting him in his new role. He is a talented leader who will help News Corporation become an even more successful business around the world.”
Ms. Cook will remain in New York through the end of the year to aid the transition. Mr. Mook is located in News Corporation’s corporate headquarters in New York.