News Corp., the $34 billion media company based in New York, appointed Bedi Ajay Singh CFO of the publishing division, which is to be split off into a separate public company from the media and entertainment company, which will go by a new name, Fox Group. Singh, 52, most recently served as CFO and president of finance and administration at MGM Studios. Earlier he was CFO at Gemstar-TV Guide, Novartis Pharmaceuticals and SONY Pictures. He has also held previous finance positions at News Corp. He started his career at Arthur Andersen in London.
National Oilwell Varco, a $14.6 billion provider of mechanical equipment for the oil and gas industry, appointed Jeremy Thigpen CFO and senior vice president. He succeeds Clay Williams, who was named president and COO. Thigpen has worked for the Houston-based company for 15 years, most recently serving as president of Downhole Pumping and Solutions. Previously he was president of the Downhole Tools group.