CNN appoints Washington Post CCO to lead global communications

Kristine Coratti Kelly, CCO of the Washington Post, is joining CNN Worldwide as the network's head of global communications.

Kelly will head CNN's brand strategy and teams beginning next month, covering media relations and publicity, creative marketing, events and brand initiatives, and employee and external communications. She will report to Chairman and CEO Chris Licht, who announced Kelly's appointment along with a slew of other leadership changes on Wednesday.

Kelly's responsibilities were previously held by former CMO Allison Gollust, who resigned in February following allegations of business policy violations relating to the Chris Cuomo controversy.

Kelly has worked for the Washington Post since 2006 and is presently the CCO and general manager of Washington Post Live. She designed and oversees the publication's live interview platform, Washington Post Live, in addition to overseeing communications and marketing there, and she oversaw The Post's strategy to expand into cinema and television.

"Kris is one of the most dynamic, innovative, and renowned executives in her sector, with a proven track record of accomplishment," stated Licht. "I have great faith in her ability to support and enhance CNN's basic journalism principles of trust, openness, and accountability."


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