CNN International announces slew senior editorial appointments

MUMBAI: CNN International has announced several senior international editorial and operational appointments, starting with Ellana Lee who has promoted to managing editor Asia Pacific.

In this role she will oversee all of the programming and newsgathering resources in the region including the studio operations in Hong Kong. Lee has been at CNN for over 10 years and has extensive news and feature programming experience as well as having for worked for CNN in New York covering business and finance news. 

Phil O'Sullivan has been named executive producer to be based in Hong Kong. He will be responsible for the daily programming and 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, states an official release.

Parisa Khosravi will step into the role of senior VP international newsgathering, responsible for CNN's entire international newsgathering operation that includes more than 60 correspondents, 26 bureaus and the Atlanta-based international desk. A 20-year veteran of CNN, Khosravi has played a central and lead role in the planning and coverage of the most significant international stories of the past two decades: the death of Pope John Paul II, the Asian Tsunami, both Gulf Wars, the fall of the Berlin Wall, genocide in Rwanda, the Israeli and Palestinian conflict, Tiananmen Square, the war in the Balkans, the end of apartheid and the international reaction to the 11 September 2001 attacks.

Will King becomes CNN International senior operations director overseeing all of the strategic, non-editorial operations across CNN's international newsgathering and production centers. Prior to this appointment, King was director of operations for international newsgathering. Based in CNN's world headquarters in Atlanta, King has been with CNN since its launch in 1980, when he began as an associate editor.

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