Rajiv Pant is Chief Technology Officer & VP at The New York Times. Prior to his promotion to CTO, Rajiv joined The Times as Vice President of Digital Technology. He supervises a staff of 300+ full-time employees, including the Vice Presidents of Web & Mobile Engineering, CMS & Publishing, and Ecommerce & Customer Service; the Directors of Business Intelligence, Quality, and Project Management; and The Editor of Interactive News Technology. He reports to the Corporate CIO and to the Executive Editor (editor-in-chief) of The New York Times. Rajiv was honored by the World Economic Forum as a Young Global Leader in 2014.
Prior to his move to The NY Times, Rajiv was at Conde Nast for four years. As Vice President of Digital Technology, he was responsible for technology for Conde Nast’s signature brand Web sites.
Before Conde Nast, Rajiv was Chief Technology Officer at COXnet, the digital division of Cox Newspapers, one of the nation’s leading media/communications companies. It was during this tenure, that Rajiv received the Newspaper Association of America’s 20 Under 40 Award.
This followed a stint of nearly a decade at Knight Ridder, then the nation’s second-largest newspaper publisher. As Vice President of Technology at Knight Ridder Digital in San Jose, Rajiv led the development and implementation of the company’s Web site products. He also worked closely with newsroom colleagues at The Philadelphia Inquirer and Philadelphia Daily News.
Rajiv twice received the prestigious Knight Ridder Excellence Award for Technology Innovation. Among the products developed by Rajiv and his team is Cofax, a leading open-source content management system used by newspapers and other companies around the world. Xmultra, a systems integration product developed by his team for feeds transfer and transformation with multiple newspaper systems, won the Newspaper Association of America’s New Media Award.
Rajiv’s leadership qualities were also recognized when two development teams under his direction received two separate Newspaper Association of America 2004 Best Practice Awards in New Media; the first for the development of web and multi-platform publishing tools, and a second for a software upgrade system for high traffic web sites.
As a consultant, Rajiv has assisted organizations with technology leadership and product development. He founded a consulting company in the areas of enterprise software and open source development.
Rajiv and his wife Julie Fitzpatrick live in New York City with their son Fitz Raj and their dog, Mr. Charlie Ketchup. For more information, visit Rajiv’s personal Web site and blog at www.rajiv.com.
(Updated: Jan 2014)