In this position, he will be responsible for setting the company’s global technology strategy as well as coordinating with senior leaders across the organization to develop new digital products and expand the digital footprint of its portfolio of businesses.
In addition, he will collaborate with technology teams at the publishing and education businesses and oversee the transition of IT systems relating to the company’s proposed separation into two distinct companies.
Cheesbrough (pictured above) will report directly to News Corporation chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch.
“Paul is the rare technologist who is both a visionary and a builder. He will be a driving force as we continue to harness very real opportunities in digital that are deepening our brands’ connection with consumers,” commented Murdoch.
“Paul has led a truly impressive digital reinvention of News International that has positioned our media properties at the forefront of the industry today. I am delighted to expand the scope of his leadership to encompass all of our publishing, media and entertainment assets.”
Cheesbrough most recently served as Chief Information Officer (CIO) for News International. In this role, he was responsible for the organization’s technology strategy, delivery, transformation programs and digital products.
Since joining News International in 2010, Cheesbrough has led enormous change at the company, moving it to more cloud-based technologies and putting innovation and engineering at the heart of the business.
Before joining News International, Cheesbrough served as Chief Information Officer at the Telegraph Media Group, where he pioneered the development of a wide range of new digital products.
Prior to the Telegraph, he was the Controller of Digital Media for the BBC, having started his career in IBM within its media division.
News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) had total assets as of June 30, 2012 of approximately US$57 billion and total annual revenues of approximately US$34 billion.
News Corporation is a diversified global media company with operations in six industry segments: cable network programming; filmed entertainment; television; direct broadcast satellite television; publishing; and other.
The activities of News Corporation are conducted principally in the United States, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and Latin America.