CNN International’s Cramer to Retire

Jan 10, 2007  •  Post A Comment

Chris Cramer, who has run-and expanded-CNN International’s sprawling operations for 11 years, is retiring at the end of March.

“After that I will take a few months off, get on the Chattahoochee River and improve my sculling technique, and then look for my next career move,” the Atlanta-based CNNI executive VP and managing director Mr. Cramer said Wednesday in an e-mail to CNN staffers.

“I shall be saying farewell over the next few months in Atlanta, London and Hong Kong and hope we can raise a glass somewhere along the way,” he said.

Mr. Cramer came to CNN in 1996 from BBC, where he had worked for 25 years, five of them as head of newsgathering.

In his international e-mail Wednesday, Mr. Cramer took stock: “2006 was a record year for the international services, record distribution for CNNI and CNN en Espa%F1;ol, and record revenues for all of our overseas businesses, including CNNI.com. Each unit is now profitable. It was also a fabulous year for our global journalism with accolades and awards for staff and services alike. Thankfully we also managed to keep our folks safe wherever they were working and led the industry in safety and training for all those who work in the field.”