Walt Disney Co. CEO Robert Iger announced changes today in the executive structure at ESPN, with George Bodenheimer relinquishing his day-to-day leadership role and moving up to executive chairman of ESPN, Multichannel News reports.
Bodenheimer, currently president of ESPN and ABC Sports and co-chairman of Disney Media Networks, will shift to his new job Jan. 1, the story reports. Taking over hands-on operations in Bodenheimer’s place will be John Skipper, currently executive VP for content for ESPN.
Skipper’s title, effective Jan. 1, will be ESPN president and co-chair of Disney Media Networks.
Bodenheimer, who’s been with the network 31 years, said in a statement, “After 13 years as President, I felt it was a good time to step away from the day to day management of ESPN and let others take the lead.”
In his new role, Skipper will report to Iger and Bodenheimer.