About Ken Harding
Ken Harding leads the Publishing + Digital Media group within the Telecom, media & Technology (“TMT”) industry practice. Mr. Harding specializes in providing strategic business and transformation, due diligence and operational advisory and leadership services to newspaper, magazine, printing, direct marking and additional media companies of varying size. He has more than 30 years of professional experience in the publishing and media industry.
Mr. Harding has worked at the corporate and business-unit levels to lead business improvement, growth and performance improvement, as well as due diligence and merger integration. With direct involvement in more than 300 publishing projects, his industry experience is unmatched. Mr. Harding’s recent projects have delivered strategic assessments, broad transformation and value-based solutions for advertiser and consumer revenue enhancement and expense optimization in advertising and editorial operations, production, transportation and distribution.
Mr. Harding has provided services to publishers of varying scale, including Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, GFR Media, Houston Chronicle, Los Angeles Times, Miami Herald, Palm Beach Post, Portland Oregonian, Prensa Libre, San Francisco Chronicle, and Tampa Bay Times. Previous newspaper corporate clients include Advance Publications, AH. Belo, CNHI, Cox Media Group, Digital First Media, Gannett, Hearst Newspapers, Lee Enterprises, McClatchy, Postmedia, SCNI, Sun Media, Tribune Publishing and Unidad Editorial.
Mr. Harding’s magazine corporate clients include Active Interest Media, Bauer Media, Bonnier, Condé Nast, F+W Media, Hearst magazines, Meredith National Media, Trusted Media Brands, The Enthusiast Network and Time Inc.
Mr. Harding’s print media client experience includes Cenveo, CDS Global, Kubra, OSG, Resource Label Group, Tribune Direct, Valpak and a confidential shared mail company. Numerous print media engagements include digital marketing services in scope. Mr. Harding also led an engagement with Local Edge regarding DMS fulfillment optimization and organization design and business case review for Engine, a digital advertising company.
A recognized industry leader, Mr. Harding has served on nationally and globally focused committees for the media industry. He has spoken at several industry events and conferences, including INMA, MBR, NMA, WAN|IFRA and various newspaper and magazine events. He works closely with publishers and industry executives to develop project solutions that will garner immediate positive impact to the business.
Prior to joining FTI Consulting, Mr. Harding was President and Chief Executive Officer of Harding Consulting Alliance, a boutique consulting firm specializing in performance optimization across media businesses’ core functional areas.
Before that, Mr. Harding was corporate Vice President of Operations and Distribution for Tribune Publishing, where he was responsible for publishing group initiatives and support of operations and distribution at each of the business units through local vice presidents. In that position, Mr. Harding reviewed and approved capital projects for all Tribune newspapers and directed benchmarking and continuous improvement initiatives in operations and distribution, as well as other areas of publishing. Mr. Harding’s career has included ownership roles for established industry firms.