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Financial Times appoints Shazam's Cait O'Riordan as chief product and information officer

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By Jessica Goodfellow, Media Reporter

February 22, 2016 | 2 min read

The Financial Times has appointed Cait O’Riordan - vice president of product at digital music company Shazam - as its chief product and information officer (CPIO), leading product and technology across the FT Group.

O’Riordan will lead the development and operations of platform and product strategy at the FT. She will report to chief executive John Ridding, and will be joining the FT executive board in her new role, which is responsible for the company’s global strategy and performance.

O’Riordan joins the FT from Shazam, where she was vice president of product, playing a pivotal role in the music company’s user and revenue growth. Previous to that she oversaw the BBC’s cross-platform digital product for the London 2012 Olympics.

O’Riordan succeeds Christina Scott, who is leaving the company after more than three years in the role to join News UK as chief technology officer, an appointment which chief executive Rebekah Brooks described as a “coup”.

The Financial Times is set to return to its original offices in at Bracken House from its current offices in Southwark Bridge in 2018 following Nikkei’s acquisition of the publisher last year.

John Ridding, FT chief executive, said: "I am delighted to welcome Cait to the Financial Times. Her experience 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".

Cait O'Riordan Shazam Financial Times

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