LONDON — Lynne Frank, the highly regarded head of ESPN’s U.K-based activities, is to leave the company.
She is expected to stand down in mid-September and will help to recruit her successor.
Frank, who masterminded ESPN’s move into Premier League soccer coverage following the demise of Setanta in the U.K., is quitting because she wants to return to be with her family in California.
Frank, whose title is senior VP and m.d., Europe, the Middle East and Africa, said her past five years with ESPN and 17 years based in London — prior to joining the Disney-owned sportscaster she worked for Turner — had been a “remarkable and rewarding time for me both personally and professionally.”
The job of finding her replacement will be handled by ESPN International executive vice president and managing director Russell Wolff.
He said: “Lynne has been a fantastic leader, colleague and friend. Our business throughout Europe, the U.K., the Middle East and Africa have made dynamic progress under her leadership, and her legacy with ESPN will be the vibrant and growing position we have established. I will work closely with her to ensure a smooth transition as we identify her successor.”