NEW YORK (CNNfn) - Tom Johnson announced his retirement as chairman and chief executive officer of CNN News Group Thursday after running the news operation for 10 years.|
According to a company statement, Johnson, 59, said he wants to spend more time with his family in California and traveling with his wife, Edwina. "It is time for a workaholic to escape the stress of work before stress gets me," he said.
Prior to joining CNN in 1990, Johnson served 13 years with the Los Angeles Times. In 1999, the Radio-Television News Directors Association (RTNDA) awarded him its highest honor, the Paul White Award.
Tom Johnson retires after 10 years running CNN.|
"Tom presided over a dramatic expansion of CNN's newsgathering operations and led the network into the age of digital interactivity," said Gerald Levin, chief executive officer at AOL Time Warner. "Throughout his tenure, he's upheld and enhanced the traditions of journalistic integrity and independence that distinguish CNN as the world's foremost news brand."
The cable network stated that Johnson will remain as an adviser and consultant with the company, and said no replacement has been named. Phil Kent, president and chief operating officer of CNN News Group, will report directly to Jamie Kellner, chairman and CEO of TBS Inc.
TBS and CNN News Group, which includes CNNfn, are both subsidiaries of AOL Time Warner (AOL: Research, Estimates).