Athan Stephanopoulos is EVP and Chief Digital Officer of CNN Worldwide, overseeing the digital worldwide business, including editorial, product, technology, business operations and innovation strategies.
Stephanopoulos joins CNN after more than eight years at NowThis, where he served as president and led the brand to become one of the largest and fastest growing digital news outlets for a young Gen Z and Millennial audience. In his role as president, Stephanopoulos oversaw all operations of the brand -- including editorial, revenue, product and technology strategy, audience development and data insights. He helped guide the brand through its acquisition and integration into Group Nine Media, of which he sat on the executive leadership team and helped lead key strategic initiatives and partnerships. Most recently, he again guided the brand during its integration into Vox Media following its acquisition of Group Nine in early 2022.
Prior to NowThis, Stephanopoulos was the Founder and CEO of a Cliptamatic, a social video distribution platform that was acquired by NowThis in 2014. A long list of media companies utilized the technology platform to distribute videos across the social web -- including Paramount Pictures, HBO, ABC News, AMC Networks, MTV, Starz and Saturday Night Live.
Stephanopoulos is a lifetime member of the Council of Foreign Relations and previously served as an adjunct professor at Fordham University's Graduate School of Business in New York City, where he taught courses on media entrepreneurship and social media.