WASHINGTON, DC, – January 10, 2011 – News Corporation announced today the expansion of the Company's Washington, DC office, adding Kathy Ramsey and Kristopher Jones to the government affairs team and promoting veterans Bill Guidera and David Fares.
Ms. Ramsey will join the company as Vice President of Government Affairs and Mr. Jones will serve as Director of Government Affairs. Mr. Guidera and Mr. Fares will each be promoted to Senior Vice President of Government Affairs. The company's Washington, DC office is headed by News Corporation Executive Vice President of Government Affairs Michael Regan.
Commenting on the appointments, Mr. Regan said: "I'm pleased to welcome these seasoned strategists to our Washington, DC office. I look forward to their guidance as we work to ensure the legislative and regulatory issues that are important to News Corporation are communicated effectively. And it gives me great pleasure to recognize Bill and David's significant talents and achievements. Each is a proven and capable executive and I am grateful for their continued contributions to News Corporation."
Ms. Ramsey most recently served as a partner at The Fritts Group, a boutique government relations firm that serves a diverse collection of FORTUNE 500 companies, including News Corporation. Prior to that, Ramsey was the Executive Vice President of Public Affairs for the National Association of Broadcasters, where she was responsible for the organization's grassroots lobbying operation, corporate communications and national campaigns. Ramsey's career also includes stints with the U.S. Senate Sergeant at Arms and the Grocery Manufacturers of America, Inc.
Mr. Jones most recently served as Vice President of Media Relations for the National Association of Broadcasters, where he was responsible for outreach and public policy advocacy to the national news media and trade press. While at the NAB, Jones's work encompassed an array of legislative and regulatory issues impacting the television business, including retransmission consent, broadcast spectrum regulation, satellite TV reauthorization legislation and the digital TV transition.
Mr. Guidera has been with News Corporation since 2007, leading the Company's state public policy initiatives relating to the Company's film, Internet, print and television businesses. He works particularly closely on Internet safety issues, where he is a national policy leader. He previously served as an attorney and policy counsel with Microsoft Corporation, where he drove state, federal and international policy development on safety and security.
Mr. Fares is responsible for directing and advocating News Corporation's positions on international media, intellectual property and e-commerce policy and regulatory issues before U.S. and foreign governments as well as international organizations. Previously, he served as Vice President of E-commerce and Telecommunications at the United States Council for International Business (USCIB), managing electronic commerce and telecommunications policy program and services.
News Corporation (NASDAQ: NWS, NWSA; ASX: NWS, NWSLV) had total assets as of September 30, 2010 of approximately US$56 billion and total annual revenues of approximately US$33 billion. News Corporation is a diversified global media company with operations in six industry segments: cable network programming; filmed entertainment; television; direct broadcast satellite television; publishing; and other. The activities of News Corporation are conducted principally in the United States, Continental Europe, the United Kingdom, Australia, Asia and Latin America.
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