LONDON—News Corp’s News International unit has appointed Simon Greenberg as director of corporate affairs. He will report to Rebekah Brooks, chief executive, and will become a member of the executive team, leading a dedicated corporate affairs function.
Greenberg was most recently chief of staff on the England 2018 World Cup bid, responsible for the strategic coordination of the bid’s campaign covering communications, international relations, PR, marketing and public affairs. From 2004 to 2009 he was communications and public affairs director for Chelsea Football Club.
Prior to that, he worked in various roles as a journalist for The Evening Standard, the News of the World and The Mail on Sunday rising to become Assistant Editor on The Evening Standard.
News International’s parent company, News Corporation, will continue to maintain a corporate affairs and public policy team, based in London, Brussels and Hong Kong, which will support the wider company’s activities in the U.K., Europe and Asia.
Greenberg joins at a time when News International faces legal and media scrutiny after actress Sienna Miller filed a suit alleging that the News of the World newspaper listened to her voice mail. The newspaper has suspended an editor over claims he approved hacking into celebrities’ phones to obtain leads for potential stories.