Senior Director of Product Development
Dermot Waters is Senior Director of Product Development for CNN.com. In that role, he is responsible for managing the strategic direction for the major products and platforms that are core to CNN.com. Waters is based in Atlanta and reports to Kenneth "KC" Estenson, senior vice president and general manager of CNN.com. Waters helped lead the technical development of the recent launch of the CNN app for the iPhone, and he participated in the effort - from research phases to launch - for the newly designed CNN.com. He is also a point person for vendor management and strategic partnerships across a variety of product areas. Waters is focused on bringing innovation and emerging technologies to CNN.com.
Since joining CNN.com in 1999, Waters has developed and managed a wide range of products across many of the CNN and Turner brands, including search, social media, community, mobile, e-mail services, local, weather and syndication. During his tenure, he's led many initiatives, including several comprehensive redesigns and product launches. He established the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) practices within CNN and Turner and has been the product manager for Turner's Digital Media Technologies, managing the search platform across Turner brands.