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News International Appoints Corporate Affairs Director

Jan. 11 (Bloomberg) -- News Corp.’s News International unit hired Simon Greenberg as director of corporate affairs after one of its newspapers suspended an editor over phone hacking claims.

Greenberg, who was communications chief for England’s bid to host the soccer World Cup, will head a team focused solely on corporate affairs, News International said in an e-mailed statement today. He will report to Chief Executive Officer Rebekah Brooks and become a member of the executive team.

The News of the World newspaper is facing a lawsuit brought by actress Sienna Miller who claims the London newspaper listened to her voice mail. The newspaper, owned by Rupert Murdoch’s News Corp., suspended an editor over claims he approved hacking into her phones to eavesdrop on messages for story tips. The newspaper has said it “will cooperate fully” with a police investigation.

News International “is at the forefront of the dramatic changes and challenges facing the media industry globally,” Greenberg said in the statement. He was previously spokesman for Chelsea Football Club. News International is also the publisher of The Sun, the U.K.’s biggest-selling newspaper.

Miller, whose movies include “Layer Cake” and “Factory Girl,” is seeking an injunction to restrain the newspaper from “using, accessing or attempting to access voicemail messages left for her or by her and from publishing or causing to be published any confidential information,” as well as “exemplary damages,” according to a court document dated Nov. 30.

Greenberg’s appointment was earlier reported by the Financial Times.

To contact the reporter on this story: Jonathan Browning in London jbrowning9@bloomberg.net.

To contact the editor responsible for this story: Vidya Root at vroot@bloomberg.net.

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