The Financial Times has appointed John O'Donovan as its new chief technology officer, who will lead the FT's technology strategy across development and operations teams.

O’Donovan joins the publication from the Press Association, where he was director of architecture and development, and has also previously worked as the chief architect for BBC News, Sport and Weather.

At the BBC O’Donovan played a key role in building some of the company’s flagship products, such as the BBC iPlayer, as well as the widely used sport APIs for the Olympics Data Feed.

The FT said that O’Donovan has “delivered influential technical strategies that have become widely adopted, using semantic technologies and architectural patterns for dealing with complex integration in modern technical environments.”

O’Donovan’s started his career as an analyst programmer for British Airways and Sky Television. He began working with the BBC in 1999, where he stayed until 2010, before joining the Press Association.

“We are delighted to welcome John to the Financial Times,” said FT CIO Christina Scott.

“He has a strong track record of successfully delivering high profile products and services for various media organisations and will play an important role in developing the FT’s technology strategy, including how we improve our use of data and continue to enhance our content management solutions.”