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For the First Time, Hearst Hires a CTO

Times are a changing. And for Hearst, that means hiring its first chief technology officer.

Philip R. Wiser, a digital entrepreneur and former chief technology officer of Sony Corporation of America, will start February 1. Most recently, Wiser was the chairman and president of Sezmi Corporation, a provider of broadband-broadcast hybrid TV solutions that he co-founded in 2006.

“Phil’s been on the front lines of the digital convergence,” said Frank A. Bennack, Jr., CEO of Hearst Corporation. “His experience as chief technology officer of a major media company and building digital companies in two different fields — television and music — will certainly help our businesses grapple with the changing landscape and continue to provide the best media and information products possible.”

“Hearst has been pushing the envelope in the digital arena for some time and has been very successful in leveraging its products and brands through new channels,” Wiser said. “I see great future potential and I’m delighted to join Hearst to help accelerate its efforts and maximize digital market opportunities across the corporation.”

 

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