The Washington Post Adds Scot Gillespie as Vice President and Chief Technology Officer

It's a new role for the organization.

Scot Gillespie joins The Washington Post as vice president and chief technology officer, a new role for the organization as well as Gillespie. In this role, Gillespie will oversee the Post’s engineering team as well as its publishing platform, Arc. He will report to Shailesh Prakash, the Post’s chief information officer and vice president of digital product development.

When Post owner Jeff Bezos was profiled in our sister publication, Adweek, for this year’s Hot List, his vision for the Post was described in technological terms, from its “media and technology company” tag to its publishing products. Gillespie’s hire, and the creation of a CTO position, continues that trend.

It was a sentiment echoed by Post publisher and CEO Frederick J. Ryan, Jr., who said in a statement that “The robust partnership between news, engineering and product continues to fuel our success.” He continued, “As technology continues to change the landscape at an unprecedented pace, The Post will stay ahead of the curve by continuing to invest in highly skilled technology and engineering talent—Scot Gillespie is a prime example of this, and we are thrilled to have him join the team.”

Gillespie, who starts Jan. 3, comes over from W. W. Grainger, an industrial supply company, where he has been vice president of engineering.