Huffington Post Media Group Names Chief Technology Officer
Posted: 4/23/2012 | By:
New York, NY -- The Huffington Post Media Group has named John Pavley chief technology officer. Pavley will oversee HuffPost's industry-leading technology platform at a time of rapid expansion at every level, including internationally. Pavley, whose academic training in the fine arts inspired his technological creativity, became a pioneer in Internet-based software, building DoubleClick's user experience lab and global development process before leading technology at a number of startups, most recently at Spotify.
As CTO, Pavley will be responsible for overseeing HuffPost's expanding programming team. He will report to Arianna Huffington, and will oversee a platform in which technologies including publishing, ad serving, search engine optimization, community, sharing, and video are closely integrated.
After training in the visual arts, Pavley was studying with the American painter Leon Golub in the early 1980s. Around that time he started hacking on a TI-99/4A in BASIC and wrote his first display advertising application for nearby stores. That program eventually led him to Apple Computer in 1992. At Apple, he led the development of Virtual Suite, and led the design and development of the award winning ClarisWorks for Kids for Macintosh and Windows.
In 1997, Pavley designed digital camera features that included email, scripting, and image processing, and co-authored 9 patents for FlashPoint, a pioneer in consumer electronics operating systems. In 2000, he joined DoubleClick, where he built a world-class, user-centered design lab. He also created DoubleClick's offshore development process and led the scaling-up of DoubleClick's core ad serving systems from one to 11 billion impressions per day.
Pavley has been the CTO of two startups, ContextWeb, an early Microsoft .NET-based ad exchange, and Conductor, a leader in machine-learning search engine optimization. In 2009, he implemented LimeWire's Agile development process and led the development of a streaming music service using Python, Java Swing, and P2P technology. Prior to joining the Huffington Post, Pavley founded the New York development office for Spotify and led the development of Spotify's Internet radio and ad serving systems.