News Corp. Chief Digital Offer Leaving23 Aug, 2012 By: Erik Gruenwedel
Jon Miller, who was a member of Hulu’s board, is leaving to operate a standalone company
News Corp. Aug. 23 said Jonathan Miller, its chief digital officer since 2009, is leaving at the end of September to work for a separate, unidentified standalone company.
News Corp., which owns 20th Century Fox Studios and 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment, said Miller would continue as an outside adviser through 2013.
Miller, who was CEO of AOL from 2002 to 2006, apparently wanted to move on as News Corp. split its publishing and media divisions into two separate public companies.
Before joining News Corp., Miller in 2008 unsuccessfully tried to acquire funding to take over Yahoo.
During his News Corp. tenure, Miller revamped its digital strategy as it transitioned away from standalone owned-and-operated Web properties and refocused on digital content distribution and the monetization of its existing brands on emerging platforms. He was instrumental in strengthening News Corp.’s relationships within the technology industry and also oversaw a number of key investments in the United States and abroad, most recently stakes taken in Roku and Bona Film Group.
Miller also represented News Corp. on the Hulu’s board of directors. Hulu is co-owned by The Walt Disney Co., NBC Universal and News Corp.
“Jon is a seasoned technology veteran and we've benefited enormously from his insights and deep relationships in Silicon Valley and beyond. We wish him the best of luck on his new ventures,” Chase Carey, president and COO of News Corp., said in a statement.