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Rajiv Pant is an entrepreneur, consultant, and sought after speaker. As CTO at The New York Times, Rajiv led the successful development and delivery of dozens of acclaimed mobile and web products over 4 years. He managed a staff of 420+ which he grew from a third of its size. Before this, he headed up digital technology at Conde Nast for 4 years, where he managed multiple fast-paced, growing teams including Reddit. Admired by his colleagues as a people-person, open-minded collaborator, and approachable leader, Rajiv also enjoys writing software code. He has received several prestigious awards during his career including being honored as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum in 2014.
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Rajiv Pant is an entrepreneur, consultant, and sought after speaker. As former Chief Technology Officer of The New York Times, Rajiv led the successful development and delivery of dozens of acclaimed mobile and web products over 4 years. Prior to his promotion to CTO, Rajiv joined The Times as Vice President of Digital Technology. He supervised a staff of 420+ (320+ full-time employees and 100+ contractors). His direct reports included the vice presidents and heads of mobile and web engineering, e-commerce, content management, interactive news, data science, quality, and project management. He reported jointly to the business side and to the 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 including Reddit.
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.
For more information, visit Rajiv’s personal Web site and blog at www.rajiv.com.
(Updated: June 2015)