NBCU Names Banerjea CIO

NBCUniversal has hired Atish Banerjea as executive vice president and chief information officer of NBCUniversal. He will report to John Wallace, president of NBCUniversal Operations and Technical Services.

Banerjea had previously held top technical posts at Pearson and Dex One Corp. and is known as an executive with extensive experience in helping traditional media company transform their operations and adapt to a rapidly changing technology and media landscape.

"His proven track record as an innovator in the technology space, combined with his natural ability as a leader, will provide us with an important edge in marketplace," Wallace said in a statement.

As CIO, Banerjea will oversee NBCUniversal's Information Technology organization, overseeing global technology applications, infrastructure and operations for the company's worldwide media portfolio.

In an interview, Banerjea noted that "all of the media industry is changing very rapidly and in my prior two positions at Pearson and Dex One, I was very much involved in helping them make the transformation to the next level of technology."

Most recently, Banerjea served as chief technology officer for Dex One, which he joined as it was making the transition from a print-centric publisher of yellow-books to a digital media marketing organization. During his time there he led a major redesign of Dex's IT operations that helped the company develop an extensive digital media operation.

Prior to joining Dex One, Banerjea served as executive vice president and CTO at Pearson, where he was responsible for the global planning, deployment and management of more than $550 million in information technology investment. He has also held roles at Maurices Inc. and Simon & Schuster.

Banerjea noted that NBCU is a "world-class organization" that has already made significant progress in embracing new technologies. "I'm very excited to be involved in helping driving that forward and helping the company continue to drive innovation and growth," he added.

Banerjea holds a Master of Science degree in Computer Information Systems from Temple University, and a Bachelor of Commerce from University of Delhi.