CNN International ups quartet


BEIJING -- CNN International has promoted four senior executives, including two in Hong Kong, CNNI executive vp and managing director Tony Maddox said Thursday.

CNNi named 10-year company veteran Ellana Lee managing editor CNN Asia Pacific overseeing all programming and newsgathering in the region, including studio operations in Hong Kong. Lee, who will work from Hong Kong, previously worked for CNN in New York covering business and finance news.

Phil O'Sullivan was named executive producer in Hong Kong and will be responsible for daily programming, newsgathering, production and planning from CNN's Hong Kong bureau, which also acts as the network's Asia-Pacific headquarters. O'Sullivan joined CNN from Television New Zealand in 2000.

Twenty-year CNN veteran Parisa Khosravi is moving up from her current post as vp of international newsgathering into the role of senior vp of international newsgathering, responsible for CNN's entire international newsgathering operation, including oversight of more than 60 correspondents, 26 bureaus and the Atlanta-based international desk.

"The wealth of talent and experience at CNN has enabled us to recruit the strongest candidates from inside the company for these vital roles," Maddox said.

Khosravi helped CNN plan its coverage of the Asian Tsunami, both Gulf Wars, the fall of the Berlin Wall, genocide in Rwanda, Tiananmen Square and the international reaction to the Sept. 11 attacks, among other events.

Will King was named senior operations director for CNNi, overseeing all of the strategic, non-editorial operations across CNN's international production centers.

With CNN since its launch in 1980, King was previously director of operations for international newsgathering and senior international editor from 1988-1996.