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John Hashimoto is an innovative, versatile digital media veteran who has garnered numerous awards as a journalist, executive producer and product leader. His unique experience includes stints at large broadcast concerns including CBS and CNN, publishing giants Time Inc. and The Christian Science Monitor and two Internet start-ups.

John is currently the VP of Digital Products at CNN Digital in Atlanta, with responsibility for leading a global team in the development and launch of news products and services for CNN’s industry-leading digital properties. 

Work experience

CNN Digital
Jan 2016Present

VP - Product Management

Lead cross-functional global product team (ATL, DC, NY, London) in development of Mobile and Web experiences for CNN's fast-growing premium vertical properties, including Politics, Money, Tech, Travel and Style.  Direct and manage the product organization whose responsibilities include formulating product strategy, translating the product vision, defining future product needs and accountable for revenue,  adoption, and utilization.   Lead the strategy, design and implementation of the product roadmaps to meet brand, editorial, consumer, technical demands.  Ensure collaboration across key groups such as Editorial, Research,  Audience Dev, Sales and Marketing.    Create and nurture a culture of experimentation, risk-taking and innovation to deliver differentiated apps and experiences such as the CNN Politics and Moneystream apps.

CNN Digital
Apr 2012Dec 2015

Senior Director - Product and Portfolio Management

Led global product team in the planning, development and day to day management of CNN Digital products and platforms, including domestic and international Web properties (e.g., Verticals (CNN Money and CNN Politics), and enabling technologies including CMS, Content API, Content Annotation and Alerts.  As Portfolio leader, Implemented agile product management process to improve velocity and quality.

The Weather Channel Digital
Sep 2007Apr 2012

Director, Product Development - Interactive & Connected TV

Led design, development and deployment of ITV and two-screen applications and TV Everywhere services for cable, satellite, consumer electronic and telco platforms.  Worked closely with Distribution, Engineering and Advertising Sales, driving creation of product requirements, advertising strategies and long-range strategic plans for on-demand initiatives. Managed relationships with external partners, including distributors (e.g., Microsoft Xbox, Comcast, DirecTV, Dish, Time Warner) and CE manufacturers (e.g., Panasonic, Sony, Samsung).

Apr 2006Sep 2007

Senior Producer

Managed development and production of content, special features and coordinated entertainment partnerships for social networking/Virtual World start-up.

CB Interactive (Digital Agency)
Mar 2004Apr 2006

Director - Project & Client Management

Responsible for the successful delivery, including creative, technical and editorial production, of all major client engagements. Applied concepts in strategy, marketing, technology, e-business, media and brand management to deliver effective, measurable results. Acted as the primary client consultant as well as internal team leader, effectively balancing long-term strategic issues with day-to-day tactical project issues. Identified and developed additional revenue opportunities through development and marketing of new subscription-based services.
Jan 2001Jan 2004

Director - Web Design & Development

Led team in design, development, and management of all Web initiatives for consumer division of S&P 500 financial services concern (ACE-INA). Acted as primary liaison with all cross-functional teams including IT, Sales & Account Management, Marketing and Product/Business Development. (now Move)

Editorial Director

Led team of developers, designers, editors and producers in development and launch of multiple Web-content channels for the Internet’s leading house and home portal. Functioned as editorial director for key verticals including Finance, Moving, and Lawn & Garden. Managed strategic programming partnership with several media concerns, including AOL, Netscape and CompuServe.

Senior Producer - News Specials

Drove programming expansion and audience growth of CNN's popular online news and information service. Effectively managed writers, producers, and designers in the production of more than 50 in-depth online reports including breaking news specials and award-winning Cold War and Millennium documentary Web sites. Worked with CNN broadcast producers to supervise production of nightly interactive television newscast.

Previous Experience

More than a decade of experience in television news, with producing and reporting stints in Los Angeles, Boston and for CBS and CNN in New York.



Product Development and Management Association (PDMA)
Mar 2016Mar 2019

New Product Development Professional (NPDP)

The New Product Development Professional (NPDP) Certification demonstrates competence with the product development body of knowledge. The internationally recognized Product Development and Management Association (PDMA) is the oldest professional organization dedicated to product developers. 

Project Management Institute (PMI)
Jun 2004Jul 2017

Project Management Professional (PMP)

Considered the gold standard of project management certification, the PMP validates  competence to perform in the role of a project manager, leading and directing projects and teams.


University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill 
May 1982

AB with Honors, Journalism

School of Media and Journalism

Professional Awards

Webby Award - Outstanding Arts Website (2006)
Honored for design and development of the San Jose Repertory Theatre Website.
BAFTA - Cold War Website (1998)
Honored for documentary companion Website hailed by the British Academy of Film and Televisions Arts for "best use of the resources of interactive media to further understanding."
SPJ Sigma Delta Chi Award - Cold War Website (1998)
April 1998 - Best Online, Non-Deadline Reporting
Peabody Award - Cold War Website (1998)
CNN Cold War Documentary Website honored along with TV series as a "monumental achievement in research ... (representing) a landmark contribution to global understanding."
Boston/New England News Emmy - In-Depth Reporting (1988)
Honored as producer for outstanding news reporting for Roxbury Night and Day, a multi-part series about the impact of the crack epidemic -- and a community fighting to save itself.