Skipper Replaces Bodenheimer as ESPN President; Bodenheimer Stays on as Chairman


There will be a new leader for the Worldwide Leader in Sports.

ESPN announced Tuesday that EVP/content John Skipper will become the sixth president of the network, replacing current ESPN/ABC Sports president George Bodenheimer.

The move will be in effect as of January 1.

Skipper, who joined ESPN in 1997 and has been in his current position since 2005, will also replace Bodenheimer as co-chair of Disney Media Networks.

Bodenheimer will remain with ESPN in the newly-created role of executive chairman and will continue to chair the network’s board of directors. In a note to colleagues, Bodenheimer wrote that he will stay in that capacity for “at least 12 months” (, 11/22).

An ESPN employee since 1981, Bodenheimer was named ESPN president in 1998 and added ABC Sports responsibilities in 2003.

(Tuesday’s news from, with additional information from ESPN, ESPN Front Row)