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Ghalib Kassam

Executive Vice President and Chief Information Officer
Los Angeles Times

Ghalib Kassam is the Chief Information Officer at the Los Angeles Times. His career has spanned 36+ years and he possesses experience in architecting, designing, implementing and operationally managing effective worldwide IT solutions across a wide continuum of industries leveraging both on and offshore knowledge teams to drive metric-based business outcomes. He is a hands-on leader who helps transform IT organizations to optimize delivery capabilities and operational service performance through continuous improvement initiatives. He is a strong communicator and is passionate about aligning business and technology strategies and improving capital investment selection, program management, and operational service disciplines to maximize business results.

In this video, Kassam talks about:

  • How the Los Angeles Times is overcoming legacy and embracing the disruption facing the publishing industry
  • His main challenges as a CIO in the continuously changing content industry
  • How he finds the right balance as he has inherited legacy IT systems and now he is competing with  digital-first media companies
  • How organizations can drive continuous innovation for transformation purposes
  • The best career advice that he can give to someone starting out in the IT industry

About Los Angeles Times:

The Los Angeles Times is the largest metropolitan daily newspaper in the United States, with a daily readership of 1.2 million and 2.1 million on Sunday, more than 32 million unique visitors monthly, and a combined print and online local weekly audience of 4.4 million. The Pulitzer Prize-winning Times has been covering Southern California for more than 136 years. Los Angeles Times’ businesses and affiliates also include The Envelope, Hot Property, DesignLA, Times Community News, and Los Angeles Times en Español. The Times also owns L.A. Times Studios LLC and California Community News, LLC.