CNN Int'l promotes Deborah Rayner

Becomes managing editor for Europe, Africa

LONDON -- CNN International has promoted Deborah Rayner to its top European job, managing editor for Europe and Africa, CNNI vp and managing director Tony Maddox announced Monday.

Rayner, a former Channel 4 executive, joined CNNI just a month ago as director of features, and her rapid rise comes as CNNI continues to expand its newsgathering and production operations.

She will have oversight of all CNNI programming from London as well as its regional newsgathering in Europe and Africa, replacing CNN exec Nick Wrenn, who has been promoted to vp international digital services in Atlanta.

"Deborah brings a formidable track record in programming innovation, a wealth of editorial talent and really exciting ideas to this job," Maddox said.

"One of the keys to our success in the future is harnessing the incredible reach of CNN International's resources to create engaging multiplatform news coverage and programming for an increasingly diverse and sophisticated audience," he added.

Just over a year ago, CNN embarked on an ambitious content expansion drive, fueled by new investment in its programming and online operations.
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