American Society of Magazine Editors

Ken Harding

Senior Managing Director and Publishing Practice Global Lead

FTI Consulting

Ken Harding is a Senior Managing Director at FTI Consulting and is based in Denver. Mr. Harding is the global practice leader for the Publishing Group and is part of the Telecom, Media and Technology (TMT) practice. He has 30 years of professional experience in the publishing and media industry. He has provided strategic business and operational advisory services and leadership to newspaper and media companies of varying size. Mr. Harding has worked at the corporate and business-unit level to lead business improvement and growth - performance improvement – engagements.    

With direct involvement in more than 200 newspaper and publishing projects, Mr. Harding’s industry experience is unmatched. His recent projects have delivered value-based solutions for advertiser and consumer revenue enhancement and expense optimization in advertising and news operations; production; transportation and circulation/delivery.

Mr. Harding has recently provided services to Publishers of varying scale; including Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Boston Globe, Chicago Sun-Times, Dallas Morning News, Denver Post, GFR Media, Houston Chronicle, LocalEdge, Miami Herald, Portland Oregonian, San Francisco Chronicle, Tampa Bay Times and U-T San Diego.  Recent corporate clients include Advance Publications, AH. Belo, CNHI, Cox Media Group, Gannett, Hearst Newspapers, Hearst Magazines, Lee Enterprises, McClatchy, Postmedia and The Enthusiast Network.


A recognized industry leader, Mr. Harding has served on nationally and globally-focused technical committees for the media industry. He has spoken at several industry events and conferences, including WAN/IFRA, IFRA Expo and various Newspaper Association of America events. Mr. Harding is a contributing writer and resource to several industry publications. 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, he 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, including Design Alliance and Blevins Harding Group.