Fitch today announced it has appointed Robert Harpel as Group Managing Director and Chief Technology Officer. A 25-year information technology veteran, Mr. 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 modeling to market analytics to content distribution,' said Mr. 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, Mr. Harpel oversaw applications that supported more than $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 Price Waterhouse in Management Consulting Services.