Shailesh Prakash, CIO, The Washington Post
Shailesh Prakash has served as the Chief Product and Chief Information Officer for The Washington Post Co. since 2011 and is responsible for all aspects of product development and technology, including web, mobile, video, print, and advertising. He spearheaded the development of Arc Publishing, a state-of-the-art digital platform and suite of internal publishing tools that The Post now sells as a Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) offering to other media organizations. Prakash also sits on the advisory board of Post owner Jeff Bezos’ space exploration company, Blue Origin.
Prior to joining The Washington Post, Prakash was the Vice President of Engineering for Sears Holding Company (2008-2011), where he was responsible for product development and engineering for e-commerce operations worth over $3 billion in revenue annually, including sears.com, kmart.com, kenmore.com and craftsman.com. Prakash also served as the Principal Engineering Director at Microsoft and the Director of Engineering for Netscape Communications earlier in his career.
Prakash earned his BTech degree in Computer Science from the Indian Institute of Technology in Bombay, India, and his M.S. in Computer Science from Clemson University. He also earned an MBA from the Georgia State University J. Mack Robinson College of Business.
In 2021, Prakash and other senior leaders at The Washington Post were interviewed by and collaborated with CMIT Director and Murray Research Professor R. Ryan Nelson for a case study entitled “Digital Transformation at The Washington Post: Innovating for the Next Generation.” The case will be available in early 2022.