CNN Worldwide names David C. Leavy COO


David C. Leavy

Warner Bros. Discovery exec David C. Leavy has been appointed chief operating officer of CNN Worldwide,

The 23-year veteran of Discovery Inc. and Warner Bros. Discovery, currently serves as chief corporate affairs officer for the company.

Starting June 20, Leavy will report to Chris Licht, chairman and CEO of CNN Worldwide.

In his new role, he will be responsible for commercial, operational and promotional activities across CNN Worldwide.  He will also maintain public policy and social responsibility oversight on behalf of Warner Bros Discovery going forward.

Prior to joining Discovery, Leavy served as chief spokesman and senior director of public affairs for the National Security Council and as deputy press secretary for foreign affairs in the Clinton White House.

“David’s deep operational experience, institutional knowledge and key industry relationships perfectly complements the strengths of our leadership team,” said Licht. “He is a strategic, versatile and dynamic executive who will work with myself and the senior leadership team to help transform our business as we get the full programming slate on the air, build out our digital future and grow the CNN brand around the world. Everyone who works with David has seen how his energy, work ethic and collaborative style positively impacts an organization, and I can’t wait for him to join me and the CNN team.”

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