University of Southern California

John Skipper

President, ESPN, Inc.
Co-Chairman Disney Media Networks


In his 14 years with the company prior to becoming ESPN President and Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks on January 1, 2012, John Skipper was a key architect of ESPN’s explosive growth. He played leadership roles overseeing the company’s television, digital, print and advertising sales initiatives, as well as ESPN’s focus on brand extensions, bringing the company’s “best available screen” philosophy to life across more platforms and with more wide-ranging major rights agreements than at any time since ESPN’s launch in 1979. This strategy – along with an emphasis on live sports - has strengthened ESPN’s unparalleled relationship with fans while meeting the growing business needs of ESPN’s distributors and advertisers.

Skipper, 57, had been ESPN’s executive vice president, Content, since October 2005, responsible for the creation, programming and production of ESPN content across all media platforms, including television, radio, Internet, broadband, wireless, print, interactive games and home entertainment. He had been executive vice president, advertising sales & ESPN Enterprises, since August 2004.

He is an energetic and insightful collaborator who embraces teamwork and intelligent debate to come to decisions, and his business relationships are defined by finding “win-win” solutions in an increasingly complicated global media landscape. Not surprisingly, he is who ESPN strives to serve – a passionate sports fan – and he is extremely focused on driving business and creative success, earning him the respect of colleagues and competitors alike.

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