News Corp. exec Anthea Disney retiring

Exec vp for content has been with company since 1989

NEW YORK -- News Corp. said Thursday that Anthea Disney is leaving her role as executive vp for content, retiring at the end of the month after 20 years of service.

She plans to counsel young female entrepreneurs through the Women's Enterprise Initiative, a non-profit she recently co-founded.

"Anthea's keen creative instincts are equal to her business acumen, a combination which is hard to find in an executive and one that has made her a dynamic leader at our company for many years," said News Corp. chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch. "She has impeccable judgment and taste and I have relied on her counsel across just about all of our content businesses. I will miss her immensely but understand her desire to shift gears at this point in her life."

She also served as chairman of Gemstar-TV Guide International until the company's sale in 2008.

She joined News Corp. in 1989 after a career in journalism. She oversaw News Corp.'s magazine division and was the original head of content for the company's first digital venture. She later served as president and CEO of HarperCollins Publishers and then as chairman and CEO of News America Publishing Group.

"There is no more exciting or vibrant company in the media industry and there is simply no one like Rupert Murdoch," said Disney.