George Bodenheimer Stepping Down After More Than Three Decades At ESPN

After 31 years at the Worldwide Leader, and two years after he gave up the reins of its day-to-day oversight, George Bodenheimer is hanging ’em up. ESPN has confirmed that its Executive Chairman will exit the company this weekend. He was president of the sports juggernaut from 1998-2012, leading it through massive growth and into a leadership role in the national and global sports world. He segued to the Executive Chairman role at the start of 2012, when John Skipper replaced his as president of the network and co-chair of Disney Media Networks. Since then Bodenheimer has chaired ESPN’s Board of Directors. His exit comes two months after the announced departure of another longtime top Disney TV executive, Anne Sweeney, who is stepping down as Co-chair of Disney Media Networks and President of Disney/ABC Television Group in January.

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