James Murdoch, the son of News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch, has been appointed News Corp.’s Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chairman and CEO, International. He will be relocating from the company’s U.K. offices to New York, and reporting to News Corp.’s deputy chairman, president, and COO Chase Carey.
In a press release, Carey said about the appointment: “We are confident that James’ deep knowledge of international markets, his proven leadership, and his passionate focus on building consumer relationships make him the ideal person to help us realize these opportunities across all our companies.”
James Murdoch in turn said about Carey: “Most of all, I am delighted to work even more closely with Chase Carey, whose extraordinary leadership is felt in every part of the business.”
Murdoch has been with his dad’s company for 15 years in a variety of senior positions, starting in 1996 as an Executive Vice President in New York. And now he’s back! His creeping ever higher up the corporate ladder puts him even closer to the position of succeeding his father, who is 80, as CEO of News Corp. Jealous siblings better watch out.