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ESPN restructures executive team

U.S. sports network ESPN has promoted John Kosner (pictured, left) to exec VP of digital and print media; while John Wildhack (middle), currently exec VP of programming and acquisitions, is switching roles with Norby Williamson (right), the exec VP of production.
February 14, 2012

U.S. sports network ESPN has promoted John Kosner (pictured, left) to exec VP of digital and print media; while John Wildhack (middle), currently exec VP of programming and acquisitions, is switching roles with Norby Williamson (right), the exec VP of production.

Williamson, who will now be exec VP of programming and acquisitions, will continue to work closely with Wildhack, now exec VP of production. They will both assume the other’s responsibilities with the new roles, and will both continue to report to president John Skipper, who was named to the role in January of this year.

Kosner, meanwhile, has moved up from senior VP and general manager of digital and print media, to exec VP of the division. He will continue to oversee the company’s digital strategy and products, and will also report to Skipper.

Finally, Marie Donoghue, who was ESPN’s senior VP of business affairs and business development, will take on the new role of senior VP of global strategy, business development and business affairs. She will be responsible for working across all business units worldwide to evaluate new opportunities and new business.

The remainder of the ESPN team remain in their current roles, and includes Christine Driessen, exec VP and CFO; John Walsh, exec VP and executive editor; and Russell Wolff, exec VP and managing director of international.

Skipper said of the reshuffled team: “Their collective vision and passion for what we do will keep us focused on continued growth for our business and our people.”

About The Author
Daniele Alcinii is a news reporter at realscreen, the leading international publisher of non-fiction film and television industry news and content. He joins the rs team with journalism experience following a stint out west with Sun Media in Edmonton's Capital Region, and communications work in Melbourne, Australia and Toronto. You can follow him on Twitter at @danielealcinii.

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