MCLEAN, Va.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) today announced that Kurt Rao has been named chief technology officer (CTO) effective April 16, 2018. Rao will work across TEGNA to drive the development and implementation of the company’s next-generation client and customer technology solutions. Rao will report directly to president and CEO Dave Lougee and oversee several departments, including Information Technology.
Rao brings more than 20 years of media experience to TEGNA. Most recently, Rao was chief information and technology officer for Time Inc., where he led the transformation and growth of the media publishing organization into a digital content platform company. In addition, he optimized technology operations across the organization and built platforms to support content across video and digital while enhancing consumer data analytics.
“We recognize that the needs of our consumers and clients are constantly changing. Kurt has been extremely successful in developing new and enhanced technologies across platforms to drive business value. As a champion of innovation and growth, Kurt will work across our company to develop an industry-leading technology infrastructure to meet our current and future needs,” said Lougee.
“I am excited to join the team at TEGNA,” said Rao. “The rapidly changing landscape of consumer habits, client needs and new technology creates great opportunities for media organizations. I look forward to partnering with my colleagues to develop solutions that enrich the lives of consumers and help businesses succeed.”
Prior to joining Time Inc., Rao was an executive at Time Warner Inc., where he most recently served as corporate chief information officer. During his tenure, he helped build and implement a shared, internal services technology organization. Rao has also worked as vice president of technology for NBC Universal and director of application development at Viacom Inc.
Rao received his B.S. in Computer Science from Monmouth University. He currently sits on the advisory boards of several software companies.
TEGNA Inc. (NYSE: TGNA) is an innovative media company that serves the greater good of our communities. With 47 television stations and two radio stations in 39 markets, TEGNA delivers relevant content and information to consumers across platforms. It is the largest owner of top 4 affiliates in the top 25 markets, reaching approximately one-third of all television households nationwide. Each month, TEGNA reaches 50 million adults on-air and approximately 35 million across its digital platforms. TEGNA has been consistently honored with the industry’s top awards, including Edward R. Murrow, George Polk, Alfred I. DuPont and Emmy Awards. TEGNA delivers results for advertisers through unparalleled and innovative solutions including OTT local advertising network Premion, centralized marketing resource Hatch, and G/O Digital, a one-stop shop for local businesses to connect with consumers through digital marketing. Across platforms, TEGNA tells empowering stories, conducts impactful investigations and delivers innovative marketing solutions. For more information, visit www.TEGNA.com.