News Corp. appoints ex-ad exec to EVP role

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NEW YORK (AP) — Media conglomerate News Corp. said Wednesday that it has appointed Hamish McLennan, the former CEO of advertising agency Y&R, to a new position with responsibility for developing the company’s “global brand partnerships.”

McLennan will be an executive vice president attached to the Office of the Chairman and will report to Chairman and CEO Rupert Murdoch and President and Chief Operating Officer Chase Carey.

WPP Group replaced McLennan as CEO of its Y&R subsidiary, formerly Young & Rubicam, last February. He remained chairman until the end of the year.

McLennan, who is Australian, will be dividing his time between Sydney and New York, News Corp. said.

News Corp. is dealing with the fallout of a hacking scandal involving its U.K. newspaper unit. Hacking revelations caused the company to shutter its tabloid News of the World in July. The company has settled with about 60 phone hacking victims so far, but a new wave of lawsuits is coming and three parallel police probes are underway.