Will Lewis appointed as Dow Jones CEO departs

Dow Jones chief executive Lex Fenwick has left the company, with News Corp naming Will Lewis as interim CEO.

News Corp chief executive Robert Thomson thanked Mr Fenwick “for his time and energy” at the helm of Dow Jones, and in particular “for his original vision of DJX information service as an innovative way to integrate content and deliver it to customers in a timely manner”.

Mr Thomson also announced plans to review Dow Jones’ institutional strategy.

“We’re reviewing the institutional strategy of Dow Jones with an eye towards changes that will deliver even more value to its customers,” he said. “As part of that, we’re planning improvements to DJX. “

Mr Thomson signalled that greater flexibility in its product offerings is likely in the short term. Dow Jones’ DJX information service has been in beta since its launch last year.

“We will also be redoubling our efforts to develop The Wall Street Journal and its digital properties globally,” he said.

Mr Lewis joined News Corp in 2010 as group general manager at News International (now News UK), and was appointed chief creative officer at News Corp by Mr Thomson last year to build new businesses, target acquisitions and drive digital initiatives for the company.

Mr Lewis previously was editor-in-chief of the Telegraph Media Group in the UK, where he helped create an industry-leading, digitally integrated newsroom and pioneered web-first publishing.

He also served as business editor of The Sunday Times and Global News Editor of the Financial Times. As a journalist, he covered mergers and acquisitions and fund management, among other topics.

Mr Fenwick joined Dow Jones in February, 2012 after a 25-year career at Bloomberg LP, most recently as CEO of Bloomberg Ventures.

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