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Cait O’Riordan will join the Financial Times (FT) as its product and information officer (CPIO), where she will be responsible for product and technology.
O’Riordan replaces former CIO Christina Scott, who announced late 2015 that she was moving to News UK to act as the chief technology officer.
FT CEO John Ridding said he is “delighted” to have her on board.
“Her experience in 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,” he said.
O’Riordan is a former broadcast journalist who has worked in several senior product roles, according to the FT.
She oversaw the BBC’s cross-platform digital product for the London 2012 Olympics and was – more recently – the vice-president of product at Shazam.
The CPIO role was created by Scott to deliver benefits to both the business and its customers. O’Riordan will be leading the FT Group’s platform and product strategy, as well as its development and operations.
In an interview with Computer Weekly in 2015, Scott said the CPIO role aimed to utilise the close interaction between the technology the FT uses and the products it sells.
“I wanted to recognise that product is an important discipline,” she said.
“In the media sector, the product management role is about understanding the roadmap for digital services and balancing the requirements of the editorial side with the commercial side of the business.”