Gary Ginsberg leaving News Corp.

Senior vp Teri Everett to head corporate communications

NEW YORK -- Long-time Rupert Murdoch confidante Gary Ginsberg will leave his position as News Corp.'s top communications expert at the end of the year.

The executive vp of global marketing and corporate affairs leaves the conglomerate after a decade to pursue new opportunities. He hasn't decided on a specific new opportunity yet and will continue to consult chairman and CEO Murdoch.

News Corp. senior vp for corporate communications Teri Everett will continue to add to her duties, taking over from Ginsberg as head of corporate communications and corporate social responsibility. Reed Nolte, senior vp for investor relations, will assume the top position in investor relations.

"Gary has been one of my most trusted and effective executives over the past decade," said Murdoch. "As difficult as it was to accept his decision to leave, I am pleased he has agreed to continue to serve as an advisor."

Ginsberg joined the company in Jan. 1999 as executive vp for corporate communications and then expanded his portfolio of responsibilities.

Ginsberg called his time at News Corp. "the experience of a lifetime" and added: "It was a difficult decision to leave a company that has been such a vital part of my life. But I've been thinking about leaving for a while now to pursue something new, and this seemed like the right time to do it."

Ginsberg has been "a great force in shaping the public perception of News Corp.," Pali Research analyst Rich Greenfield said. "He helped make a very complex multi-national company more understandable. Like (former News Corp. president and COO) Peter Chernin, he will be missed."