John O'Donovan09 May 2013: The Financial Times today announces the appointment of John O’Donovan as Chief Technical Officer, leading the FT’s technology strategy across the development and operations teams.

O’Donovan joins the FT from the Press Association where he was Director of Architecture & Development. Prior to that he was Chief Architect for BBC News, Sport and Weather.

O’Donovan has been instrumental in building groundbreaking products such as BBC iPlayer and widely used innovative sport APIs for the Olympics Data Feed, English Premier and Football Leagues, working with high profile clients like MSN, Sky, Barclays and LOCOG. He has delivered influential technical strategies that have become widely adopted, using semantic technologies and architectural patterns for dealing with complex integration in modern technical environments.

FT Chief Information Officer Christina Scott said: “We are delighted to welcome John to the Financial Times. He has a strong track record of successfully delivering high profile products and services for various media organisations and will play an important role in developing the FT’s technology strategy, including how we improve our use of data and continue to enhance our content management solutions.”

Follow John O’Donovan on Twitter at @jodbod

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