Englewood Cliffs, NJ, October 17, 2012 - Xana Antunes has been named to the newly-created position of Executive Editor and Vice President for CNBC Digital, it was announced today by Kevin Krim, Senior Vice President and General Manager, CNBC Digital.
Starting immediately, Antunes is responsible for setting the editorial direction of and leading the editorial team behind CNBC Digital's products and services including CNBC.com , the suite of CNBC Mobile products including the CNBC Real-Time iPhone & iPad Apps and CNBC Real-Time Android Apps and CNBC PRO , the premium desktop/mobile service.
"Xana brings a unique mix of business journalism expertise combined with a wealth of multi-platform experience. She is the ideal person to establish the editorial vision and voice for our extensive portfolio of digital products and services, " said Krim. "Xana will ensure that we continue to be the destination for breaking news and real-time analysis for our audience of business executives and investors and that they have a seamless and high-quality experience across all digital screens."
"The caliber of the journalists and the organization at CNBC are exceptional and I am tremendously excited to join this team, " said Antunes. "The opportunity to cover the most urgent global business and financial stories for CNBC's growing digital audience is a special one, particularly at a moment when virtually every day seems to bring news of enormous consequence."
Last week, CNBC.com received a 2012 Edward R. Murrow Award for Broadcast Affiliated Website – Television - Network. In Q3 2012, monthly visitors to CNBC.com averaged 7 MM – a 5% increase compared to the same time last year.* CNBC Mobile, which includes CNBC Mobile Web, CNBC's Real-Time iPhone App, CNBC's Real-Time iPad App and CNBC's Real-Time Android App, has posted strong growth in the first three quarters of the year and, through September 2012, mobile tallied 1.6 BN page views across these platforms, up 21% compared to the same time period last year.**
Most recently, Antunes was Editor of Crain's New York Business and oversaw all of the business publications' news, feature and opinion platforms. There, she established Crain's as the leading source of information on New York City's economy and the companies that operate there, repositioning the publication for a digital age. Under her leadership, online unique visitors increased by 115% and Crain's won 64 national journalism awards including General Excellence from the Society of American Business Editors and Writers in 2012 and 2011 and a Sigma Delta Chi from the Society of Professional Journalists.
Prior to joining Crain's in 2008, Antunes was Executive Editor of Fortune and CNNMoney.com. She was responsible for the digital development of Time Inc.'s online financial publications, including Fortune, Money, Fortune Small Business and Business 2.0, and setting the strategic priorities and online identities for each title. Antunes integrated these magazine sites into CNN's financial news website to create the nation's largest non-portal financial site, subsequently serving as the second in command of the enlarged entity. From 2003, when she joined Fortune, to 2005, she helped oversee Fortune's editorial operations as Executive Editor.
Previously, Antunes was Editor of the New York Post, where she ran the daily and Sunday editions. She rose up through the ranks of the paper, having been named Deputy Editor in 1998, Business Editor in 1996 and Deputy Business Editor in 1995.
Antunes moved to New York in 1993 as a foreign correspondent for the London Evening Standard. Earlier, she was an on air reporter for the U.K.'s Channel 4 Business Daily.
Antunes has a Bachelor of Arts from Leeds University and a post graduate diploma in journalism from City University, London.
*Source: comScore Media Metrix, July - September 2012, Business/Finance - News/Research category. "Standalone" excludes portal-affiliated websites.
** Source: Omniture
CNBC also has a vast portfolio of digital products which deliver real-time financial market news and information across a variety of platforms. These include CNBC.com, the online destination for global business; CNBC PRO, the premium, integrated desktop/mobile service that provides real-time global market data and live access to CNBC global programming; and a suite of CNBC Mobile products including the CNBC Real-Time iPhone and iPad Apps.
Members of the media can receive more information about CNBC and its programming on the NBC Universal Media Village Web site at http://www.nbcumv.com/mediavillage/networks/cnbc/