Philip R. Wiser is the chief technology officer of Hearst and is known as a key pioneer in the creation of the online digital music industry and the emerging over-the-top TV market.
As the CTO at Hearst—one of the world’s largest private diversified media and information companies—Wiser leads Hearst’s technology and digital product strategies that address the rapidly changing consumer and media landscape. Hearst’s major interests include magazine, newspaper and business publishing, cable networks, television and radio broadcasting, Internet businesses, television production, newspaper features distribution, business information and real estate.
Prior to Hearst, Wiser was chairman and president of Sezmi Corporation, an industry-changing technology company in global Internet television market that he co-founded in 2006.
From 2004 to 2006, Wiser was CTO at Sony Corporation of America. He also formed the Digital Business Group at Sony Music while serving as its CTO and SVP from 2001 to 2004, overseeing all technology strategy and digital businesses. While at Sony, Wiser was responsible for spearheading the creation and growth of a billion dollar digital media businesses by maximizing the combined benefit of technology and content for the company including music, books, movies and games.
He built the first online music distribution platform as a founder of Liquid Audio, where he served as CTO and a director of its board from 1996 to 2001.
Wiser’s passion is applying technology to enable content creators to reach their audience in new ways while always delivering an improved user experience for consumers.
Wiser holds a master’s in electrical engineering from Stanford University, and a bachelor’s degree from the University of Maryland, College Park, in the same field, graduating summa cum laude.