Athan Stephanopoulos named EVP and chief digital officer for CNN Worldwide

I am thrilled Athan is joining CNN. His vision for digital journalism, alongside his leadership and business acumen, is exactly what we need to build CNN’s digital future. I’m also pleased to announce the promotion of Wendy Brundige. Wendy’s editorial instincts, operations and business expertise and deep knowledge of CNN and its people make her a key leader in this organization. Together they will propel the number one digital news platform in the world into new heights.”

Chris Licht, CNN Worldwide Chairman and CEO

October 27, 2022

Athan Stephanopoulos has been named Executive Vice President and Chief Digital Officer of CNN Worldwide, reporting to CNN Chairman and CEO Chris Licht. In this role, Stephanopoulos will oversee the digital worldwide business, including editorial, product, technology, business operations and innovation strategies. Stephanopoulos joins CNN after more than eight years at NowThis, where he served as president and led the brand to become one of the largest and fastest growing digital news outlets for a young Gen Z and Millennial audience.

With Stephanopoulos’s appointment, Wendy Brundige, who was the interim leader of the digital organization during the search for a Chief Digital Officer, has been named Senior Vice President of CNN Digital Worldwide. In this new role, she will oversee business operations, commerce and audio, in additional to continuing her management and oversight of the global digital video team. Brundige has been at CNN for eight years, most recently serving as SVP of Global Video for CNN Digital, working in close partnership with every corner of the organization around the globe.

Read the full press release here.

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