Fox Corp. has tapped Adam Ciongoli as its chief legal and policy officer, succeeding Viet Dinh, who in August announced he was departing the company.
Ciongoli is currently executive vice president and general counsel for Campbell Soup Company. He also has had the title of chief sustainability, corporate responsibility and governance officer.
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In his role at Fox, Ciongoli will oversee legal, compliance, and regulatory matters, as well as lobbying and government affairs. He will report to CEO Lachlan Murdoch.
“Adam’s extensive legal experience across various industries and government will be a tremendous asset to our company,” Murdoch said in a statement.
Before Campbell Soup, Ciongoli was executive vice president and general counsel of Lincoln Financial Group, group general counsel and secretary for Willis Group Holdings and senior vice president and general counsel for Time Warner, Europe. He served as counselor to John Ashcroft when he served as attorney general, and chief counsel to the Senate Subcommittee on the Constitution, Federalism and Property Rights. He also served as a law clerk for Supreme Court Justice Samuel Alito.
Ciongoli’s start date is Dec. 1.
In August, Fox Corp. announced that Dinh would step down at the end of the year. He had been a key management figure as Fox News faced a trial in Dominion’s defamation lawsuit over coverage of the aftermath of the 2020 presidential election. Fox settled the case for $787.5 million last spring, just as the trial was to begin. But the resolution came after the release of embarrassing discovery material, and the company continues to face another lawsuit from another election systems company, Smartmatic.
Dinh came aboard 21st Century Fox in 2018 just before Disney acquired most of the company, leaving a clutch of TV-focused assets that took on the corporate name Fox Corp.
Dinh will continue to serve as a special advisor to the company.
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