Mike Ballanco joins Hachette Book Group as CIO

15 December 2015 Consultancy.uk 2 min. read
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Mike Ballanco, a 22 year Accenture veteran and with more than 10 years’ experience in the music industry, will take on the role of CIO at Hachette Book Group. Leveraging his past experience as CIO of EMI and Warner Music, his new responsibilities include IT planning, management and service delivery.

Mike Ballanco started his career at Accenture in 1981. During his 22 years at the firm he worked as a (senior) Business Integration Consultant, specialised in delivery, management, and enterprise technology programme design. During his ascension to Associate Partner, he worked for clients across industries, including Consumer & Industrial Products, Wireless Telecom, Wholesale Distribution and Transportation. In 2003 Ballanco moved to music company EMI, where he worked as North American Regional CIO and Head of Global Applications. During his five years with the company, he was responsible for the North American IT Operations, as well as EMI’s global portfolio of 200+ business applications. In 2009 he joined Warner Music as the company’s Senior Vice-President and CIO. Ballanco was responsible for the company’s global IT service delivery. At the start of 2015, he briefly joined Pace Harmon as a Senior Technology Management Consultant.

Ballanco holds a BA in Economics and Business from Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey-Newark.

Mike Ballanco, Hachette Book Group

In his new role as CIO of the Hachette Book Group, Ballanco will leverage his more than 10 years IT line management & global CIO responsibility, strengthened by more than 20 years’ experience in technology delivery to the company. His new responsibilities include IT planning, management and service delivery for the publisher.

In a statement, Hachette says that the firm will leverage his long experience in the “rapidly evolving creative industry, where [he] worked on a wide array of transformative domestic and global IT initiatives.” Ballanco replaces Ralph Munsen, who moves to media investment group GroupM, and will take on the role of Managing Partner and Global Head of Development.