Atefeh 'Atti' Riazi named chief information officer of Hearst


Hearst has announced that Atefeh “Atti” Riazi has been named chief information officer. She most recently served as senior vice president and chief information officer/interim chief digital officer at Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center.

The announcement was made by Steven R. Swartz, president and chief executive officer of Hearst; Mark Aldam, executive vice president and chief operating officer; and Mahendra Durai, senior vice president and chief technology officer.

Riazi possesses more than 35 years of broad experience leading digital transformation in both the private and public sectors. She starts her new role Nov. 1 and will report to Durai.

“We are delighted to have Atti join our team and we look forward to her leadership as we continue to modernize our technical capabilities across Hearst,” Aldam said.

“Atti’s leadership, experience and success working across various industries, both in the private and public sectors, will be a great addition to our organization,” Durai added.

Riazi joined Memorial Sloan Kettering (MSK) in 2020 and was responsible for the digital strategy and transformation of the hospital through business realignment, innovation and technology deployment across the care spectrum. There, she managed the network infrastructure, applications, system security, integration and analytics servicing MSK’s research, clinical and administrative functions.

Prior to joining MSK, Riazi served as assistant secretary-general and chief information technology officer at the United Nations beginning in 2013. At the UN, she oversaw all information and communications technology activities across the UN and managed a global staff of 4,000.

From 2009 to 2013, Riazi worked as chief information officer at New York City Housing Authority, directing the IT operations of North America’s largest public housing agency.

“I am inspired by Hearst’s stirring mission and will do all I can to leverage technology for transformational results on behalf of the corporation, its clients and consumers,” Riazi said. “After meeting some of my new colleagues, I knew immediately I was going to be part of something special — an organization with a deep culture built on customer delight, innovation and the core values of its employees.”

Earlier in her career, Riazi served as global chief information officer and senior partner at Ogilvy & Mather and was vice president and chief information officer of technology at MTA New York City Transit where she implemented one of the largest public works projects in U.S. transportation history: the successful transition to the magnetic fare card system (MetroCard).

Hearst Technology is a corporate technology group that supports all Hearst businesses in enabling their business goals through the effective and secure adoption and use of digital practices and technology solutions. Hearst Technology works to develop platforms and solutions to power the next phase of Hearst’s growth and technology product development and to solidify it as a leader in the industry.

About Hearst:

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