Vice President and Managing Editor of CNN International Asia Pacific, Ellana Lee, has been promoted to Senior Vice President of CNN International, adding international oversight of the network’s expansive roster of feature programs while continuing to manage CNN’s editorial operation across Asia Pacific. Working in close partnership with colleagues at Turner International, Lee will also be charged with developing CNN International’s business operations worldwide from the Asia headquarters in Hong Kong.                            

Ellana Lee

Making the announcement, Executive Vice President and Managing Editor of CNN International, Tony Maddox, said it’s an important promotion and marks the first time for a senior international role to be based in Asia, “In this new role, Ellana becomes our most senior executive outside of the U.S. Ellana is the perfect fit for this new role. She already has an important job on her hands looking after the network’s editorial output in Asia Pacific but we’re thrilled she will now undertake an international role overseeing the network’s feature programming and spearheading business operations internationally.” 

Lee has had a longstanding and accomplished career at CNN, having initially worked in New York as a producer. She was named a ‘Young Global Leader’ by the World Economic Forum, is an Asia 21 fellow as awarded by the Asia Society, and is a graduate of Harvard’s ‘Global Leadership and Public Policy for the 21st Century’ Executive Program.