Specialist consumer media business Ti Media has appointed Lisa Gannon as CIO as part of the organisation’s new strategy. Gannon joins the London and Surrey based business from technology analyst house Gartner.
Ti Media came into being under this name in June following the acquisition of the business by private equity business Epiris LLP in March. The Ti brand hints at the businesses past as part of the Time Inc media empire and before that the business was known as IPC.
Ti Media publishes 40 well known magazines such as music title NME, Marie Claire UK and Woman as well as specialist titles for enthusiasts of horse riding, sailing and cycling. Its publications reach 16.4 million consumers a month, the business says and in recent years has been on a significant drive to become a digital publisher and events company.
As CIO Gannon will report to the CEO Marcus Rich and “will be responsible for delivering the IT strategy and vision to support our company’s growth ambitions” Ti Media said in a statement.
Gannon has been VP Executive Programs at IT advisory firm Gartner since April 2011. Before joining Gartner Gannon was Technology Director for Kent County Council for seven years.
In joining Ti Media Gannon is part of a growing number of CIOs that join organisations when private equity become involved. A number of CIOs working for private equity owned organisation tell the Horizon CIO Podcast that there is a creative freedom that comes with private equity ownership that allows CIOs to really focus on using technology to improve the services to customers and modernise business processes.
“Technology continues to be fundamental to us achieving our business goals so there couldn’t be a better time for Lisa to be joining our leadership team,” CEO Rich said. “As we implement major IT projects, including new HR and Finance systems, the experience and expertise that she brings to this new role will help us achieve a real competitive edge.”
“It’s such an exciting time to be working in this industry and I’m looking forward to working with the IT and broader teams to deliver solutions that support the business in maximising the potential of our great brands,” Gannon said.