Les Hinton, CEO, Dow Jones & Co. (News Corp.)

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Where: Dow Jones & Co. (News Corp.)
Top achievements of 2008: As soon as News Corp.’s acquisition of Dow Jones & Co. closed last December, Hinton took over as CEO. In May, he took on the additional title of publisher of Dow Jones’ flagship, The Wall Street Journal. News Corp. Chairman- CEO Rupert Murdoch called Hinton “a lifetime colleague” whom he has relied upon for decades. Before joining Dow Jones, Hinton had been executive chairman of News International, the main U.K. subsidiary of News Corp, since 1995. “News Corp.’s investment in Dow Jones has allowed for expansion and growth while others in the industry retract,” Hinton told Media Business. “We’ve expanded our content offerings and launched successful new products to extend the franchise, including a glossy magazine, WSJ., which brought 19 new advertisers to the Journal, and the Mobile Reader.”
Top priorities for 2009: “I believe the success we’ve seen this year will only continue for 2009, including the growth of our influential audience as well as new products,” Hinton said. “WSJ. magazine will become monthly, and we’re looking forward to a redesign of MarketWatch as well.”
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