Liz Deegan departs News Corp after 31 years for top comms job at NRL

The National Rugby League (NRL) has appointed Liz Deegan to the newly-created role of chief corporate affairs officer, after 31 years at News Corp.

She has been at News Corp since 1988 as a journalist, editor, editorial business manager, editorial commercial director, and, most recently, general manager corporate affairs and relationships.

Deegan starts in the role later this year

“Liz brings a wealth of experience in media, corporate communications, and reputation and commercial relationship management, combined with a deep understanding of our culture and the value of NRL to our fans and our partners,” Todd Greenberg, NRL CEO, said.

“She is a communications and media professional of the highest calibre with an exceptional reputation and work history. I look forward to her joining our team as we focus on the continued growth of our game.”

Deegan will report to Greenberg and start in the role later this year, which will focus on brand, people, broadcast, content and media. Serving in her most recent News Corp role for three years, Deegan’s career has seen her hold roles such as chief of staff and deputy editor of The Sunday Telegraph, European correspondent, Olympics editor during the 2004 Athens Olympics, and editor of The Sunday Mail.

“This is an exceptional opportunity to lead the corporate affairs and communications strategy for Australia’s most loved sport. I know this game and understand and value the role it holds in our communities. I look forward to working with Todd and his team as we grow and evolve the role of the NRL,” Deegan said.

Last month, the NRL appointed Daniel Meers, who was a senior adviser to former Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull, as general manager media and communications. Previously, Meers spent 10 years as a journalist, including as a sports reporter. He will report to Deegan.

Meers was formerly a senior adviser to Malcolm Turnbull

“Daniel’s experience in fast-paced demanding media environments, combined with his expert understanding of sport, will be invaluable to the NRL,” Greenberg said.

“Since he joined us in July, he has made a very positive impact and we look forward to putting more of his ideas into action.”

Glenn Jackson has also been promoted to senior media and communications managers, and Tom Gallimore promoted to senior corporate affairs manager, both of whom will report to Meers.


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