FT appoints John Kundert

The Financial Times has appointed John Kundert as chief product and technology officer (CPTO). He will also join the FT Group Management Board from January.

FT appoints John Kundert
John Kundert: “I have no doubt this next stage in our FT digital journey will be the most exciting yet.” Photograph: Financial Times.

Kundert has held key leadership roles in data, technology and product at the FT, playing a significant part in its transformation into a digital leader in the news media industry, says the company. Most recently, he was chief product officer and before that, chief technology officer. He succeeds Cait O’Riordan who left the FT in November after six years.

In the past 18 months, Kundert has played a central role in defining and overseeing the current subscriptions and growth agenda at the FT, bringing together multi-disciplinary teams to work together effectively. His appointment as CPTO will help sustain momentum in the FT’s digital evolution.

FT CEO John Ridding said: “We carried out a thorough search and process to recruit this mission-critical role. John stood out from a shortlist of exceptional candidates from a range of backgrounds, and will be an excellent leader of our product and technology teams.”

John Kundert said: "I am delighted to be appointed to the role of CPTO and for the opportunity to work with all disciplines to realise the ambition in our product strategy. I have no doubt this next stage in our FT digital journey will be the most exciting yet."

In 2021 the FT says it reached record highs in readership and subscriptions, with a global print and digital circulation of 1.1m and reaching 26 million readers every month.

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