Disney has appointed a new president of ESPN and co-chair of Disney Media Networks, naming James Pitaro to the post, Deadline reports.
“Pitaro replaces John Skipper who resigned as president of ESPN and co-chairman of the Disney Media Networks in December, citing his substance abuse problem,” Deadline notes.
Pitaro has been chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media since 2016. He will report directly to Robert Iger, chairman and CEO of The Walt Disney Co.
“Jimmy is a talented and dedicated leader with the right strategic vision, relentless drive and passion for sports required to lead the stellar ESPN team at this incredibly dynamic time,” Iger said in a statement. “Jimmy forged his career at the intersection of technology, sports and media, and his vast experience and keen perspective will be invaluable in taking ESPN into the future. I also want to extend my utmost thanks to George Bodenheimer for serving as Acting Chair of ESPN these past few months; he is a true industry pioneer and helped make ESPN the undisputed leader in sports.”