News Corp announced today that Marc Frons has been appointed chief technology officer, a role he has served in an interim capacity since October 2016.
Frons joined Rupert Murdoch's News Corp in 2015 as senior vice president and global head of mobile platform and deputy head of technology. He was named interim chief technology officer after Paul Cheesbrough left to become chief technology officer at 21st Century Fox.
Previously, Frons was chief information officer and chief technology officer of digital at The New York Times Co. In the early 2000s, he was chief technology officer of consumer media at Dow Jones & Co. He also worked as a journalist at several publications, including Newsweek and Business Week. At Smartmoney.com, he was editor and chief technology officer.
Additionally, Latha Maripuri, who currently serves as News Corp’s chief information security officer, and Christina Scott, chief technology officer for News UK, have both been promoted to deputy chief technology officer positions, while retaining their existing responsibilities.
Maripuri has been CISO at News Corp since 2015, when she joined the company from IBM, where she served as director of IBM Security Services. She began her career at IBM in 1998.
Scott joined News UK as CTO in 2016. She was formerly with the Financial Times, and previously worked on the technology teams of the BBC and ITV Digital, among other companies.
“This tech triumvirate will ensure that News Corp and our businesses are at the forefront of technological change,” said Robert Thomson, chief executive of News Corp. “In his time as interim CTO, Marc has advanced our digital transformation across the companies. Whether it involves enterprise software, cybersecurity or mobile apps, Marc, Latha and Christina have the expertise and leadership skills we need to expedite the digital development of our news, publishing, real estate and other enterprises.”
“News Corp is today home to some of the world’s leading news, publishing and digital real estate businesses,” said Frons. “The tech transformation underway across the company is exciting for all of us who work here, and all who benefit from the creative products delivered digitally to millions every day. Latha, Christina and I look forward to working collaboratively to ensure that our technology is second to none.”