David Kline Named As Chief Technology Officer At New Corp

By Noah Long ● Dec 5, 2019
  • News Corp announced that it has named David Kline as the chief technology officer starting in January

Global media and information services company News Corp announced that it has named David Kline as the chief technology officer starting in January.  Kline will be succeeding Marc Frons ― who has been CTO since 2016.

Frons ― who was CTO for digital publishing at Dow Jones in the early 2000’s ― had rejoined News Corp in 2015 after serving as CTO of Digital and Chief Information Officer at The New York Times. Frons is a former journalist and was also editor and CTO of SmartMoney.com.

Kline is joining News Corp from Viacom. CBS and Viacom just completed the merger and Kline served as CTO at Viacom since 2010.

“David Kline is expert at driving innovation and efficiency in businesses that distribute quality content worldwide,” said Robert Thomson, Chief Executive of News Corp. “He is the ideal person to take the baton from Marc Frons, who has ably and thoughtfully been leading the technological transformation of News Corp since his arrival four years ago. We have robust global shared technology services and are rapidly establishing efficient platforms for everything from security and data to mobile apps.”

Kline is a graduate of Long Island University where he earned a BS in Management & Marketing and an MBA in Information Systems. Plus he served on the New York City Mayor’s Council for Technology and is the recipient of a number of awards for technology innovation.

“David has a proven record as a leader in action and in thought and will bring vast experience across a range of distribution platforms. He will lead a talented technology team around the world at a time when creativity, ingenuity, and energy are at a premium,” added Thomson.

Prior to joining Viacom, Kline was CIO at Discovery Communications and he worked as CIO at Rainbow Media Holdings. Plus he previously served in management positions at Integrated Systems Group and Northwell Health Systems.

“I look forward to joining News Corp, which is home to many iconic and global brands in news, publishing, entertainment and digital real estate,” explained Kline. “It is exciting to become part of a team that is so well positioned to benefit from a new digital era in which trusted and premium content is increasingly in demand.”