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Christina Scott, currently the CIO for the Financial Times, has announced she will be taking a position as News UK’s chief technology officer.
The role will begin in 2016, and will see Scott oversee media firm News UK’s technology and digital development teams.
Scott will join the firm as part of its ongoing digital push, which has seen it release digital editions of many of its publications, as well as various digital subscription services.
News UK’s CEO, Rebekah Brooks, after describing the appointment as a “coup”, said: “I’ve no doubt she will be a key player in our mission to renew the way we do business and harness the vast potential of the digital world to ensure sustainable success for our journalism.”
Scott, who has been in her position at the Financial Times since 2012, will also oversee News UK’s corporate IT team.
She most recently created the role of chief product and information officer at the Financial Times to reflect how the firm’s IT projects should benefit both its customers and its internal business functions.
After its purchase by Japanese media group Nikkei, Scott worked on the paper’s digital transformation, helping the Financial Times use collaboration and data insight to drive better customer experience.
Scott told Computer Weekly in October 2015 that these types of digital transformation projects are important, as there are “not many news organisations that are profitable”, so firms should ensure they lay the right foundations on which to grow a business.
Having previously worked in technology teams at BT Vision, the BBC and ITV Digital, Scott has a history of working both in IT and with media companies on digital transformation.
Scott has appeared in the Computer Weekly list of most influential women in UK IT twice, ranking 28th in 2015 and 13th in 2014 for her experience in the IT industry over the past 20 years.
More recently, Scott was voted the 22nd most influential person in UK IT as part of Computer Weekly’s annual UKtech50 event in 2015. xxx xxx xx xxxxxx xxxx xxx x xxxxx