- Associated Press - Monday, December 3, 2012

News Corp. has announced plans to split into two companies. News Corp. will be the name of its publishing business, while the media and entertainment business will go to a company to be called Fox Group.

After the split, Rupert Murdoch will serve as chairman of both companies and CEO of the media and entertainment business. Robert Thomson, managing editor of The Wall Street Journal, will head the publishing business.

Here’s a look at the top executives, as disclosed by News Corp. so far:

Publishing company, which will retain the name News Corp.:

_ Rupert Murdoch, chairman.

_ Robert Thomson, CEO. He is currently editor-in-chief of News Corp.’s Dow Jones subsidiary and managing editor of The Wall Street Journal. His role takes effect Jan. 1, although the split won’t happen until months later.

_ Bedi Ajay Singh, chief financial officer. He most recently served as chief financial officer for MGM Studios.

_ Paul Cheesbrough, chief technology officer. He now holds that title at News Corp.

_ Keisha Smith, director of human relations. She was most recently global head of recruiting and chief diversity officer at Morgan Stanley.

_ Gerson Zweifach, general counsel. The current general counsel of News Corp. will retain that role with both companies for a year after the split, after which he will stay with Fox Group.

_ Gerard Baker, editor-in-chief of Dow Jones and managing editor of the Journal. Effective Jan. 1. Currently deputy editor-in-chief of the Journal.

_ Mike Darcey, CEO of News International, News Corp.’s U.K. publishing business. Currently chief operating officer of BSkyB. To replace Tom Mockridge, who previously announced intentions to leave at the end of 2012.

Media and entertainment company, which will be called Fox Group.

_ Rupert Murdoch, chairman and CEO.

_ Chase Carey, president and chief operating officer. He is currently deputy chairman, president and chief operating officer of News Corp.

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