21st Century Fox CEO James Murdoch and co-Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch have decided it’s time to have a corporate-level Chief Technology Officer — and they didn’t have to look far to find the candidate they want.
Paul Cheesbrough has the new gig, moving from Fox’s corporate cousin, News Corp, where he’s been CTO since 2012.
In his new role, Cheesbrough will oversee “company-wide information technology strategy and play a leadership role in driving its investments in technology, platforms and systems on a global basis,” the company says.
Fox has had CTOs at divisions but not in the C-suite. Technology leaders from Fox Networks Group, Twentieth Century Fox Film and Fox News Channel now will report to Cheesbrough.
In a joint statement, the Murdoch brothers called Cheesbrough “an outstanding executive and strategist whose great operational chops and track record in technology we know very well. Our business demands continuous innovation across everything we do.”
Before becoming News Corp’s CTO, Cheesbrough worked at News UK, Telegraph Media Group, the BBC and IBM. He’s also chairman of Unruly Media, a digital ad company that News Corp bought last year.
News Corp has tapped Marc Frons to be interim CTO as it looks to replace Cheesbrough.
Separately, it created a global M&A and Strategic Alliances team that Chief Strategy Officer Anoushka Healy will oversee. QVC’s Matt Goldberg will join that team in December when he moves to News Corp as Global Head of M&A and Strategic Alliances, reporting to Healy.