Former America Online Chief Executive Jonathan Miller is expected to join News Corp. as head of global digital strategy, according to well-placed sources.
Working with the heads of News Corp.'s business units to spur digital initiatives across the company, Miller would be filling a void soon to be left by President and Chief Operating Officer Peter Chernin, who is leaving in June. Miller is expected to report directly to Chairman Rupert Murdoch.
Miller cannot join News Corp. until his noncompete agreement with AOL ends in the coming days, sources say. AOL invoked the clause in August to bar him from joining Yahoo Inc.'s board of directors -- a move many viewed as positioning him to succeed then-Chief Executive Jerry Yang.
After making his mark in e-commerce at Barry Diller's media conglomerate, Miller was chair and chief executive of AOL for more than four years until he was ousted in November 2006. After stepping down, he co-founded Velocity Interactive Group, an investment firm specializing in digital media.