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February 22: The Financial Times today announces the appointment of Cait O’Riordan as its chief product and information officer (CPIO), responsible for product and technology across the FT Group. In this role, she will lead platform and product strategy, development and operations, reporting to CEO John Ridding. She will also join the FT executive board, responsible for the company’s global strategy and performance.
O’Riordan is an experienced digital executive with a track record of defining and delivering high quality global products across devices. She has worked in a number of senior product roles, including overseeing the BBC’s cross-platform digital product for the London 2012 Olympics, which set new digital standards for live-event coverage. She was most recently vice president of product at digital music company Shazam and played a central role in its user and revenue growth leading to a $1bn valuation. A former broadcast journalist with a good understanding of news media, O’Riordan brings deep experience of mobile, video and a strong customer focus.
John Ridding, FT CEO, said: “I am delighted to welcome Cait to the Financial Times. Her experience leading strong product and engineering teams to develop multi-channel digital products is vital to our strategy as we seek to accelerate the FT’s global growth and paid for readership”.
O’Riordan succeeds Christina Scott, who is leaving the company after more than three years in the role.
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