CNN appoints advertising chief

Former Mindshare managing partner Jonathan Davies has been promoted to head of advertising sales for CNN International…

Former Mindshare managing partner Jonathan Davies has been promoted to head of advertising sales for CNN International.

Davies, currently CNN senior vice-president for the UK, Scandinavia, the Middle East and Africa, takes up the post immediately.

He will oversee a team of more than 200 sales professionals representing the CNN International news networks and businesses in North America, Latin America, Asia Pacific, Europe, the Middle East and Africa.

Davies takes over from Kevin Razvi, who resigned as head of CNN International advertising sales to pursue opportunities outside the Turner Broadcasting-owned company.

Davies will report to CNN Worldwide president Jim Walton and work alongside Greg D’Alba, executive vice-president and chief operating officer of CNN advertising sales and marketing, and Chris Cramer, managing director of CNN International. He will continue to be based in London.

Davies joined CNN in 2001 to head its global client solutions group and was promoted to senior vice-president two years later, at which time he led a team of 25 sales staff. He was previously a managing partner with MindShare and has also worked at Saatchi & Saatchi and Ogilvy & Mather.

CNN International can be seen in more than 200 countries and comprises of five regional divisions.

CNN Worldwide, a division of Time Warner company Turner Broadcasting, includes nine cable and satellite television networks, two radio networks, four websites, syndicated news service CNN Newsource and CNN Pipeline, an on-demand broadband video service.

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