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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
Selina Chignall joins the realscreen team as a staff writer. Prior to working with rs, she covered lobbying activity at Hill Times Publishing. She also spent a year covering the Hill as a journalist with iPolitics. Her beat focused on youth, education, democratic reform, innovation and infrastructure. She holds a Master of Arts in Journalism from Western University and a Honours Bachelor of Arts from the University of Toronto.

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