CNN Names Escobar VP of Talent Recruitment, Development

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CNN has made two additions to its recently created talent and development department, with Ramon Escobar joining CNN Worldwide as vice president of talent recruitment and development, and Lizzie Kerner as director of development.

Based in New York, Escobar will report to Amy Entelis, senior vice president of talent and content development. He most recently served as executive vice president of network news at Telemundo, where he oversaw the network's news division, including its international news bureaus and talent development.

"Ramon brings with him a depth of news experience on both the domestic and international fronts in network, cable and local television," said Entelis in a statement.. "From his work at major media outlets that include Telemundo and MSNBC, Ramon has demonstrated his strength at overseeing programming and developing top-notch talent."

Kerner, who will be based in Los Angeles, comes to CNN from Sundance Channel, where she served as manager of original programming and development. She will report to Vinnie Malhotra, senior VP of development and acquisitions.

The talent and development department was created in January 2012, and is headed by Mark Whitaker, executive vice president and managing editor of CNN Worldwide.