Luke Vnenchak, VP of Engineering at BuzzFeed

Luke Vnenchak shared this recommendation for Rajiv on August 26, 2016 via LinkedIn:

One thing that stood out in working with Rajiv was his ability to mentor and coach people at all levels. He does not overlook the people side of things and took great care in developing the careers of those working for him. He was very accessible to the entire technology org and genuinely interested in what was working well on my team and others so that he could look to apply those things elsewhere rather than blindly dictating a path forward.

As Executive Director of Technology, Content Management at The New York Times, Luke reported to Rajiv.

Denise Warren, Executive Vice President, The New York Times

Denise Warren shared this recommendation for Rajiv on Aug 5, 2016 via LinkedIn:

It is with strong conviction that I recommend Rajiv Pant. During our work together over four years at the New York Times, his exemplary leadership skills directly contributed to the success of dozens of major initiatives. Rajiv and the teams he built played critical roles in the acclaimed NYTimes mobile apps, the industry leading digital subscriptions implementation and numerous innovative data-driven journalism projects. His expertise in product development, software engineering and technology operations brought our organization to the next level. He consistently displayed strong leadership and deep technical expertise. Rajiv created a culture of collaboration, high performance and productivity. When I joined Tribune Publishing as President of Digital and CEO of East Coast Publishing, I immediately knew I wanted to bring Rajiv on to lead product management, user experience design, and engineering. Not only is he an accomplished product development leader, he is a pleasure to work with on a personal level. He is consistently proven himself to be reliable, collaborative and open minded. His approachable attitude and kindness towards coworkers made him loved by the teams reporting to him as well as his stakeholders. I know many colleagues who have followed him from job to job as he brings out the best in those working with him – creating successes for all. These traits have made Rajiv well respected and a highly sought after CTO in the tech and media industries.

As Executive Vice President at The New York Times and then as President of Digital & CEO of East Coast Businesses at Tribune Publishing, Denise managed Rajiv.

Malu Menezes, Executive Director of Technology, The New York Times

Malu Menezes shared this recommendation for Rajiv on June 24, 2016 via LinkedIn:

I worked with Rajiv at the New York Times while he was VP of Engineering and then CTO.
I was really impressed with his accomplishments during this period – brought with him key executives and placed them in the right positions to modernize the NYTimes Technology organization faster than I ever thought possible. I am incredibly proud of the company the New York Times has become and honored to have witnessed first hand this transformation. I cannot recommend Rajiv enough as a Technology Executive.

As Executive Director of Technology at The New York Times, Malu reported to Rajiv.

Joe Adamo, VP, Digital Technology at Tribune Publishing Company

Joe Adamo shared this recommendation for Rajiv on June 23, 2016 via LinkedIn:

I was fortunate enough to work with Rajiv for the past year.

He’s a highly intelligent individual, an inspiring leader, and a brilliant technologist. He’s able to understand and provide recommendations on correcting complex technical & organizational issues quickly.

He was a great addition to the team, and it was a pleasure working with him.

As VP, Digital Technology at Tribune Publishing Company, Joe reported to Rajiv.

Megan Garvey, Deputy Managing Editor at Los Angeles Times

Megan Garvey shared this recommendation for Rajiv on Jun 15, 2016 via LinkedIn:

Rajiv is a sharp manager who does his homework before making decisions. He was able to assess a complicated technological infrastructure and get things changed for the better quickly. He listened, acted and brought in top-notch engineers to help us, cutting through years of delayed requests. He understood newsroom culture, recognizing and supporting good ideas that came out of the newsroom. He was a great partner and it was a pleasure to work with him.

As Deputy Managing Editor at Los Angeles Times, Megan worked with Rajiv.

Paul Smurl, COO & President at Some Spider LLC

Paul Smurl shared this recommendation for Rajiv on May 31, 2016
via LinkedIn:

I worked with Rajiv at The New York Times for five years and then recruited him away to join a start-up as CTO and Chief Product Officer. He is a student of the latest technologies, a master of group dynamics and motivation, and beloved by his teams. Among many examples at NYT, he arrived during the paywall implementation and dove in immediately. He deftly juggled team conflicts, technical quagmires and epic expectations. We could not have launched on time or on budget without him. At Some Spider, he was instrumental in putting the original plan together, overseeing a major CMS migration, and making introductions to potential investors. And he continues to act as an advisor to us today.

As COO & President at Some Spider, LLC, Paul worked with Rajiv. Previously, Paul was Head of Product at The New York Times.

Joe Simon, Chief Operating Officer at Encompass Digital Media, Inc.

Joe Simon shared this recommendation for Rajiv on Apr 23, 2016 via LinkedIn:

Rajiv has deep technical expertise and has continued to build his skills and remains hands on even as he’s progressed in his career. Has a good understanding of software engineering and has the ability to both architect as well as operate the solutions he’s created.

He’s good at building and managing teams – from small to pretty large ones, while both retaining and upgrading the skills of the team. He can clearly articulate a vision, motive the team and deliver quality output. Can remain calm under challenging circumstances and create a collaborative and fun culture.

He’s also a pretty good photographer with a great eye and has captured some amazing images. He does pretend to love the theatre – the reader needs to find out why for themselves.

As CTO at Conde Nast, Joe managed Rajiv.
[Rajiv’s note: The “pretend to love the theatre” part is an inside joke.]

Rajit Gulati, Vice President, Enterprise Products Engineering at BlackBerry

Rajit Gulati shared this recommendation for Rajiv on Apr 15, 2016 via LinkedIn:

I was reporting to Rajiv at COXnet and developed deep admiration for him ever since. He is the type of executive who ensures that the team gets all the credit for successes under his leadership and takes it upon himself to advance careers of each individual in his team. He has this calming influence when everyone is under pressure and is extremely innovative in suggesting product solutions thinking out of the box. I always look forward to opportunities to interact and learn from Rajiv.

As Senior Manager, Software Engineering at COXnet (now Cox Media Group), Rajit Gulati reported to Rajiv.

Mark Thompson, President & Chief Executive Officer, The New York Times Company

Mark Thompson wrote this recommendation for Rajiv on April 13, 2016:

Rajiv is a very strong digital executive with rock solid credentials in both engineering and product, but with great creative flair. At The New York Times, he was a real magnet for talent and built a very strong team. He also showed an exceptional ability to work closely and empathetically with our own journalistic and design creative elite.

Mark Thompson

As President & Chief Executive Officer at The New York Times Company, Mark Thompson indirectly managed Rajiv.