updated 05:55 pm EDT, Thu August 23, 2012
Stays with company in advisory role until September 2013
News Corp's Chief Digital Officer Jon Miller has announced his intention to depart News Corp. Miller will remain as adviser to CEO Rupert Murdoch, COO Chase Carey, and deputy COO James Murdoch until September 2013. The departure precedes a set of business transactions that will split the company into an entertainment company, and a publishing arm that includes the Wall Street Journal in both print and digital form, a very different scenario than when Miller was hired to drive its technology and online initiatives.
During his time with the company, the Harvard-graduate built relationships with many Internet-centric companies, including several successful co-ventures with Apple. He was the impetus behind a $45 million investment by News Corp in Roku, purveyors of the popular networked video streaming set top box, and behind the attempt at recovering MySpace's financial and subscriber losses. He also supervised creation of several News Corp YouTube channels, including drama series WIGS.
Prior to his sting at News Corp, Miller co-ran Fuse Capital with former Yahoo CEO Ross Levinsohn, and was chairman and CEO of AOL under Time Warner. He has continued his string of angel investments, funding Maker Studios, Science, Solavei, Personal.com, and many others. He is on the board of directors of of Ticketmaster, Clickable, Idearc Media, Next New Networks, Mahalo, Kosmix, and Hanley Wood, LLC.
A replacement for Miller has not been named, and given the upcoming split his encompassing roles may be divided amongst two people.