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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

Keith Murdoch

83 2012 Executive Chairman of the Board

Lachlan Murdoch

43 2014 Non-Executive Co-Chairman of the Board

Robert Thomson

52 2013 Chief Executive Officer, Director

Bedi Singh

53 2012 Chief Financial Officer

Joel Klein

67 Executive Vice President, Director

Gerson Zweifach

61 2012 General Counsel

Jim Kennedy

2013 Chief Communications Officer

Peter Barnes

70 2013 Lead Independent Director

James Murdoch

41 2013 Director

Jose Aznar

60 2013 Independent Director

Natalie Bancroft

33 2013 Independent Director

Elaine Chao

61 2013 Independent Director

John Elkann

38 2013 Independent Director

Ana Pessoa

46 2013 Independent Director

Masroor Siddiqui

41 2013 Independent Director

Michael Florin

SVP, Head of Investor Relations

Biographies

Name Description

Keith Murdoch

Keith Rupert Murdoch is Executive Chairman of the Board of NEWS Corp. K. Rupert Murdoch AC—K. Rupert Murdoch AC has served as the Company’s Executive Chairman since December 2012. He has been Chief Executive Officer of 21st Century Fox, the Company’s former parent, since 1979 and its Chairman since 1991. Mr. Murdoch served as a Director of British Sky Broadcasting plc (“BSkyB”) from 1990 to 2007, as a Director of Gemstar-TV Guide International Inc. (“Gemstar-TV Guide”) from 2001 to 2008 and as a Director of The DIRECTV Group, Inc. from 2003 to 2008. Mr. Murdoch is the father of Messrs. J.R. Murdoch and L.K. Murdoch.

Lachlan Murdoch

Lachlan K. Murdoch is Non-Executive Co-Chairman of the Board of the Company. He is currently a Director of News Corp and 21st Century Fox, Executive Chairman of NOVA Entertainment Group, Executive Chairman of Illyria Pty Ltd, and a Director of Sydney’s Museum of Contemporary Art. Until recently, he also served as Non-Executive Chairman of Ten Network Holdings. Under his leadership, NOVA Entertainment Group became Australia’s number one national FM network. Prior to founding Illyria in 2005, a successful private investment company, Lachlan was the Deputy Chief Operating Officer of News Corporation (now 21st Century Fox), a role in which he was directly responsible for two thirds of the company’s global revenue, with specific emphasis on its U.S. television stations group and publishing assets. While at the former News Corporation, Lachlan had oversight of HarperCollins and the company’s lines of business in Australia, including REA. He also served on the Board of Foxtel and as Chairman of Fox Television Stations and Publisher of the New York Post. At Fox Television Stations, Lachlan oversaw the company’s 35 owned-and-operated television stations, where he raised the bar on local news coverage nationwide, increasing the total number of local news hours across the group to more than 850 per week. At the New York Post, Lachlan overhauled the tabloid and grew its circulation by more than 40 percent. During his tenure, the Post became the nation’s fastest growing newspaper and the seventh largest in the United States.

Robert Thomson

Robert J. Thomson—Robert J. Thomson has served as the Company’s Chief Executive Officer since January 2013 and as a Director of the Company since June 2013. He served as Editor-in-Chief of Dow Jones and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal from 2008 to 2012. Mr. Thomson previously served as Publisher of Dow Jones from 2007 to 2008, after serving as Editor of The Times of London from 2002 to 2007. Prior to that role, he was Managing Editor of the U.S. edition of the Financial Times. Mr. Thomson has extensive business, operational and international experience in the publishing industry through his career as a financial journalist, foreign correspondent and editor. Under his management and leadership, The Wall Street Journal was consistently one of the most innovative and successful newspapers in the U.S. and also greatly expanded its global reach through the digital initiatives of WSJ.com. As Managing Editor of the U.S. edition of the Financial Times, Mr. Thomson led its drive into the U.S. market, where sales trebled during his tenure. His keen understanding of the evolving U.S. and international markets in which the Company operates and his commitment to generating high quality content make him a valuable resource for the Board of Directors. He is Chief Executive Officer, Director of the company.

Bedi Singh

Bedi Ajay Singh—Bedi Ajay Singh has served as the Company’s Chief Financial Officer since December 2012. He most recently served as President, Finance and Administration & Chief Financial Officer for MGM Studios from 2008 to 2010. Previously, Mr. Singh served as Chief Financial Officer at Gemstar-TV Guide from 2006 to 2008, as Chief Finance and Administration Officer at Novartis Pharma A.G. from 2004 to 2006 and as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Sony Pictures Entertainment from 1999 to 2003. Before joining Sony Pictures Entertainment, he held a number of positions at 21st Century Fox, including senior finance roles at News International (now known as News UK) as Financial Controller and Fox Filmed Entertainment as Deputy Chief Financial Officer and Senior Vice President, Office of the Chairman. Mr. Singh is a Fellow of the UK Institute of Chartered Accountants and started his business career with Arthur Andersen in London.

Joel Klein

Joel I. Klein—Following the Separation, Joel I. Klein has been a Director and Executive Vice President of the Company. Mr. Klein has also served as Chief Executive Officer of Amplify, the Company’s digital education business, since 2011. Mr. Klein previously served as a Director and Executive Vice President of 21st Century Fox from 2011 until June 2013. He was the New York City schools chancellor from 2002 through 2010. He was the U.S. Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Bertelsmann, Inc. and Chief U.S. Liaison Officer to Bertelsmann AG from 2001 to 2002. Mr. Klein also served with the Clinton administration in a number of roles, including Deputy White House Counsel from 1993 to 1995. Mr. Klein has served as a Director of Boston Properties, Inc. since January 2013. As Chief Executive Officer of Amplify, Mr. Klein is a key member of the Company’s management team. His experience leading the largest public school system in the United States and contacts in the education industry position him as an excellent executive for the Company’s digital education business. Mr. Klein brings to the Board of Directors strong leadership skills gained from his decades of service in the private and public sectors.

Gerson Zweifach

Gerson Zweifach—Gerson Zweifach has served as the Company’s General Counsel since December 2012 and will continue to serve in such capacity on a transitional basis for a period of one year following the Separation. Mr. Zweifach has been a Senior Executive Vice President and Group General Counsel of 21st Century Fox since February 2012. He also serves as Chief Compliance Officer of 21st Century Fox. Mr. Zweifach previously served as an attorney at the law firm of Williams & Connolly LLP where he was a partner from 1988 to February 2012 and currently serves as Of Counsel. Mr. Zweifach has been a member of the Bar of the District of Columbia since 1981 and the Bar of the State of New York since 1980.

Jim Kennedy

Mr. Jim Kennedy has been appointed as Chief Communications Officer of the company., effective December 9, 2013. Mr. Kennedy has overseen media relations for SCA at Sony's New York headquarters since October 2011. He previously served as head of communications for Sony Pictures Entertainment in Culver City, California. Mr. Kennedy joined Sony Pictures in 2005 after a career in public service that included work as a Deputy Assistant to the President and Deputy Press Secretary to President Bill Clinton. He was also head of communications for the White House Counsel's office, Vice President Al Gore, Senators Hillary Clinton and Joe Lieberman, the Connecticut Attorney General's office, and the Clinton Foundation. Mr. Kennedy graduated with a bachelor's degree from the University of Rochester and a master's degree from American University.

Peter Barnes

Peter L. Barnes—Peter L. Barnes has been the Lead Independent Director of the Company since June 2013 and serves as the Chairman of the Audit Committee and a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Barnes served as a Director of 21st Century Fox from 2004 until June 2013 and was a member of the Audit and Compensation Committees. Mr. Barnes has been a Director of Metcash Limited since 2005, serving as its Chairman since 2010, and was a Director of its predecessor from 1999 to 2005. Mr. Barnes served as a Director of Ansell Limited from 2001 to 2012 and as its Chairman from 2005 to 2012. Mr. Barnes served in various senior management positions in the United States, the United Kingdom and Asia at Philip Morris International Inc. from 1971 to 1998, including as President of Philip Morris Asia Inc. Mr. Barnes brings to the Board of Directors the leadership, operational and financial skills gained in his several roles at Philip Morris, as well as through his service as a Director at a number of private and public companies, including his service as Chairman of several of these companies.

James Murdoch

James R. Murdoch has been a Director of the Company since June 2013. Mr. J.R. Murdoch has been a Director of 21st Century Fox since 2007 and its Deputy Chief Operating Officer and Chairman and CEO, International since 2011, after serving as its Chairman and Chief Executive, Europe and Asia beginning in 2007. Mr. J.R. Murdoch was the Chief Executive Officer of BSkyB from 2003 to 2007. Mr. J.R. Murdoch has served as a Director of BSkyB since 2003 and served as its Non-Executive Chairman from 2007 to April 2012. Mr. J.R. Murdoch was the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of STAR Group Limited, a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox, from 2000 to 2003. Mr. J.R. Murdoch previously served as an Executive Vice President of 21st Century Fox, and served as a member of its board of directors from 2000 to 2003. Mr. J.R. Murdoch served as a Director of GlaxoSmithKline plc from 2009 to May 2012 and as a Director of Sotheby’s from 2010 to May 2012. Mr. J.R. Murdoch is the son of Mr. K.R. Murdoch and the brother of Mr. L.K. Murdoch. Mr. J.R. Murdoch is a key member of 21st Century Fox’s management team, as the Deputy Chief Operating Officer with continuing direct responsibility for its European and Asian operations. Mr. J.R. Murdoch has served in a number of leadership positions within 21st Century Fox and at its affiliates over the past 17 years. His broad-based experience, extensive knowledge of international markets, unique understanding of emerging technologies and strategic perspective of the Company’s business and operations enable him to be a valuable resource for the Board of Directors.

Jose Aznar

José María Aznar—José María Aznar has been a Independent Director of the Company since June 2013 and serves as the Chairman of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Aznar served as a Director of 21st Century Fox from 2006 until June 2013 and was a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Mr. Aznar has been the President of the Foundation for Social Studies and Analysis, a political research and educational organization focused on Spain, since 1989. Mr. Aznar was a Distinguished Scholar at the Edmund A. Walsh School of Georgetown University from 2004 to 2011. Since 2011, he has been a Distinguished Fellow at the Johns Hopkins University Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced International Studies, where he is also Chairman of the Atlantic Basin Initiative. Mr. Aznar has served as a member of the International Advisory Board of Barrick Gold Corporation since 2011. Mr. Aznar is the Honorific President of the Partido Popular of Spain and served as its Executive President from 1990 to 2004. Mr. Aznar was a member of The State Council of Spain from 2005 to 2006. Mr. Aznar served as the President of Spain from 1996 to 2004.

Natalie Bancroft

Natalie Bancroft—Natalie Bancroft has been a Independent Director of the Company since June 2013 and serves as a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Bancroft served as a Director of 21st Century Fox from 2007 until June 2013 and was a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Bancroft is a professionally trained opera singer, has studied journalism and is a graduate of L’Institut de Ribaupierre in Lausanne, Switzerland. Ms. Bancroft has a culturally diverse background, having lived across Europe. She also speaks several languages fluently. Ms. Bancroft’s youth, female perspective and international experience and education add valuable diversity and perspective to the deliberations of the Board of Directors.

Elaine Chao

Elaine L. Chao has been a Independent Director of the Company since June 2013 and serves as a member of the Audit and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committees. Ms. Chao served as a Director of 21st Century Fox from 2012 until June 2013 and was a member of the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee. Ms. Chao has been a Distinguished Fellow at The Heritage Foundation, a research and educational organization based in Washington D.C., since 2009. She previously served as the 24th U.S. Secretary of Labor from 2001 to 2009. Ms. Chao also served as the President and Chief Executive Officer of United Way of America from 1992 to 1996. Her prior government service includes serving as Director of the Peace Corps and as Deputy Secretary at the U.S. Department of Transportation. Prior to her government service, she was Vice President of Syndications at Bank of America and a banker with Citicorp, N.A. Ms. Chao has served as a Director of Dole Food Company, Inc. since 2009 and as a Director of Wells Fargo & Company and Protective Life Corporation since 2011. Ms. Chao’s work in the public, private and non-profit sectors includes vast experience leading large scale, complex and highly visible organizations. She offers the Board of Directors valuable insights on macroeconomics, competitiveness, workforce issues and corporate governance as well as an extensive knowledge of the U.S. government at the federal and state levels.

John Elkann

John Elkann has been a Independent Director of the Company since June 2013 and serves as a member of the Compensation Committee. Mr. Elkann has been the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of EXOR S.p.A., an investment company owning global companies in diversified sectors primarily in Europe and the United States, since 2011. He has served since 2010 as Chairman of Fiat S.p.A., where he has been a Director since 1997 and was Vice Chairman from 2004 to 2010. He has also served as Chairman of Editrice La Stampa since 2008, a non-Executive Director of The Economist Group since 2009, and as a Director of Fiat Industrial S.p.A. since 2010 and Gruppo Banca Leonardo S.p.A. since 2006. Mr. Elkann served as a Director of SGS SA from 2011 to 2013. Mr. Elkann has extensive experience in a number of industries including publishing and media. He offers the Board of Directors strong leadership skills and a valuable perspective on industries relevant to the Company’s businesses.

Ana Pessoa

Ana Paula Pessoa has been a Independent Director of the Company since June 2013 and serves as a member of the Audit Committee. Ms. Pessoa has been a Partner at Brunswick Group, an international corporate communications firm, since May 2012. She is a Partner of Black-Key Participações SA, a company she founded in 2011, which invests in digital start-up companies in Brazil. She is also the founder of Avanti SC, a strategic planning consulting firm, where she has served as a consultant since 2000. Ms. Pessoa previously served in numerous roles during her 18-year career at the Globo Organizations (“Globo”), a media group in South America, most recently as the Chief Financial Officer from 2001 to 2011 and New Business Director from 2008 to 2011 of Infoglobo, the newspaper, Internet and information services business of Globo. She also served as a Director of Globo’s subsidiaries including Valor Economico, a financial newspaper in Brazil, and Zap Internet, an online classified service in Brazil, from 2001 to 2011 and as a Director of SPIX Macaw Internet SA, an online news distribution start-up company, from 2009 to 2011. During her tenure at Globo, Ms. Pessoa gained extensive experience in its newspaper, Internet, cable and satellite television and telecom operations. Along with this media expertise, she brings to the Board of Directors strong business development and financial skills.

Masroor Siddiqui

Masroor Siddiqui has been a Independent Director of the Company since June 2013 and serves as the Chairman of the Compensation Committee and a member of the Audit Committee. Mr. Siddiqui is the Managing Partner of Naya Management LLP, an investment firm he co-founded in May 2012. He was previously a Partner at The Children’s Investment Fund Management (UK) LLP, a hedge fund, from 2009 to 2011 and a Managing Director at Canyon Partners, an investment firm, from 2006 to 2009. Mr. Siddiqui previously served as a Senior Vice President at Putnam Investments, where he was responsible for a broad range of investments. Mr. Siddiqui has significant experience in investing with a focus on media investments. He offers the Board of Directors valuable insights on global markets and industries relevant to the Company’s businesses.

Michael Florin

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