News Corp. has named David Pitofsky as general counsel and chief compliance officer. He succeeds Gerson Zweifach.

Zweifach, who remains group general counsel and chief compliance officer of 21st Century Fox, was retained as the general counsel of News Corp., on a transitional basis following the separation of the two companies in 2013.

Pitofsky has been deputy general counsel and deputy chief compliance officer of News Corp since 2013. As general counsel, Pitofsky will oversee global legal operations for News Corp., including litigation, mergers and acquisitions, ethics and corporate governance matters.

As chief compliance officer, he will chair the company's compliance steering committee. He will lead a legal team that includes deputy general counsels Michael Bunder, Eugenie Gavenchak, Mark Jackson and James Marcovitz. Bunder also serves as News Corp. corporate secretary, and Jackson also serves as general counsel of the company's Dow Jones subsidiary.

Pitofsky joined News Corp. from law firm Goodwin Procter, where he was a partner. From 1996 to 2005, he was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the Eastern District of New York, rising to the level of Deputy Chief of the Criminal Division.