Mahendra Durai, who currently serves as chief information officer at Hearst, has been named senior vice president, chief technology officer. The announcement was made by Hearst President and Chief Executive Officer Steven R. Swartz and Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Aldam. Durai’s appointment is effective immediately, and he will continue to report to Aldam.
Durai is responsible for partnering with all Hearst businesses in enabling their business goals, both organic and inorganic, through the effective and secure adoption and use of digital practices and technology solutions.
“Mahendra will continue to lead Hearst in integrating and evolving digital technologies across our businesses,” Swartz said. “His notable influence will be felt even more in this elevated role.”
“Mahendra has been instrumental at Hearst since joining two years ago,” Aldam added. “His most recent leadership in ensuring a seamless digital workforce during the COVID-19 pandemic was key in our continued operational success and productivity.”
Durai joined Hearst in 2019 from CA Technologies, where he served as senior vice president and chief information technology officer. Prior to that, he was vice president of consulting at BMC Software, where he developed and led a global service practice focused on business and IT services transformation.
“It’s a privilege to be part of an outstanding company and supported by a great team of colleagues,” Durai said. “Technology in enabling business strategy is more important now than ever before. I look forward to building on the achievements and progress we’ve made so far in supporting new digital capabilities across the company.”
Durai holds an MBA from the University of Texas at El Paso and a bachelor’s degree in computer engineering from the National Institute of Technology in Trichy, India. He was also awarded the Advanced Certificate for Executives in Management, Innovation and Technology from the MIT Sloan School of Management.