Fitch today announced it has appointed Robert Harpel as group managing director and chief technology officer. A 25-year information technology veteran, Harpel was most recently senior vice president, sales systems for Viacom’s MTV Networks. In his new role he reports to Peter Jordan, group managing director and head of global business management for Fitch.
“Technology plays an important and rapidly evolving role in everything we do, from financial modelling to market analytics to content distribution,” said Jordan. “We are delighted Rob Harpel has joined Fitch as we strive to distinguish ourselves through the quality of our content and the innovative ways we provide it.”
While at Viacom, Harpel oversaw applications that supported more than US$6 billion in sales. Previously he held senior technology and consulting roles with International Masters Publishers, HotJobs (a Yahoo! company), and Booz & Co, where he specialized in technology strategy for media & entertainment and financial service clients. He began his career at PriceWaterhouse in management consulting services.
Headquartered in New York and London, Fitch Ratings is part of the Fitch Group. In addition to Fitch Ratings, the Fitch Group also includes Fitch Solutions, a distribution channel for Fitch Ratings products and a provider of data, analytics, and related services. The Fitch Group also includes Algorithmics, a world-leading provider of enterprise risk management solutions. The Fitch Group is a majority-owned subsidiary of Fimalac, headquartered in Paris, France.