A battle-tested veteran of
The company announced Monday that Janet Nova, deputy general counsel, will become executive vice president and deputy group general counsel for
Nova, who has been a key member of News Corp.'s legal team since 1997, will oversee legal aspects of Fox's acquisition strategy, capital markets transactions and Securities & Exchange Commission filings.
Gerson Zweifach, the company's top lawyer for the last 17 months, is expected to divide his time by serving for at least a year in a dual role as general counsel for 21st Century Fox as well as for News Corp., the soon-to-be publishing entity.
The Rupert Murdoch-controlled company is poised this month to divide into two publicly traded companies. 21st Century Fox will boast the lucrative TV networks, including Fox, FX,
The spinoff publishing company, which will take the name News Corp., will consist of the HarperCollins book publishing house and dozens of newspapers, including the
Zweifach has been the point person in the company's tangle of legal problems, including lawsuit settlements and a corruption probe by the
Zweifach said earlier this month the company has not reached a settlement with the U.S. government.
News Corp. and its business units and reporters might also have been victims of hacking and government inspection. Earlier this year, there were revelations that executives within News Corp.'s Dow Jones news organization believed Chinese computer hackers had been targeting Dow Jones's computer systems.
News Corp.'s general counsel's office also found itself on the front lines when it was disclosed last month that the
Nova served as interim general counsel for about seven months during a tumultuous period following the departure of former general counsel, Lawrence A. Jacobs. He left the company in June 2011, just before the phone hacking scandal exploded into front page headlines around the world.
Nova assisted Chief Executive Rupert Murdoch and his son, Deputy Chief Operating Officer
Prior to joining News Corp, Nova worked at the law firm of Simpson Thacher & Bartlett, where she was an associate in the firm's corporate and securities practice.