New York, NY – May 5, 2016 — 21st Century Fox today announced today that Chip Smith has been named Executive Vice President, Public Affairs. Mr. Smith, a co-Founder and Chief Executive Officer of The Glover Park Group, will oversee global legislative, regulatory and strategic policy matters for the company.
“The next decade is one of immense opportunity for 21st Century Fox. At a time of unprecedented change in our industry, it is more critical than ever that the policy and regulatory community truly understand our business, the value of what we do, and the broader creative community of which we are a part,” said James Murdoch, Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Fox. “Chip’s decades of experience helping global institutions navigate complex challenges, as well as his track-record as a founder and leader of a fast-growing and innovative business make him uniquely suited to the task at hand.”
Mr. Smith will report to Executive Chairman Lachlan Murdoch and CEO James Murdoch. He will be based in Washington, DC and New York and will oversee the policy offices of the company in the United States, Hong Kong, Brussels and the United Kingdom.
Mr. Smith co-founded The Glover Park Group in 2001 along with Michael Feldman, Carter Eskew and Joe Lockhart and helped grow the firm from a startup to one of the nation’s most respected strategic communication companies.
Prior to co-founding The Glover Park Group, Mr. Smith was a Deputy Campaign Manager and the Chief Operating Officer for Vice President Al Gore’s 2000 presidential campaign. As a member of the senior strategic team, Chip designed, built and directed the campaign’s day-to-day operations.
From 1996 to 2000, he was the Chief of Staff at MCI and an Executive Director of Strategy and Communications. There he directed internal and external communications as well as overall messaging to Wall Street, industry analysts, media, regulators, customers, shareholders and employees.
Before joining MCI, Chip was an Executive Vice President at Shrum, Devine & Donilon, Inc., a leading political media and public relations consulting firm.
About 21st Century Fox
21st Century Fox is the world’s premier portfolio of cable, broadcast, film, pay TV and satellite assets spanning six continents across the globe. Reaching more than 1.8 billion subscribers in approximately 50 local languages every day, 21st Century Fox is home to a global portfolio of cable and broadcasting networks and properties, including FOX, FX, FXX, FXM, FS1, Fox News Channel, Fox Business Network, FOX Sports, Fox Sports Network, National Geographic Channels, STAR India, 28 local television stations in the U.S. and more than 300 international channels; film studio Twentieth Century Fox Film; and television production studios Twentieth Century Fox Television and a 50% ownership interest in Endemol Shine Group. The Company also holds a 39.1% ownership interest in Sky, Europe’s leading entertainment company, which serves 21 million customers across five countries. For more information about 21st Century Fox, please visit www.21CF.com.