Disney sets ESPN topper transition

Bodenheimer moved to exec chairman of the sports network

Disney revealed a glimpse at ESPN’s future today: company topper Robert Iger has announced a succession plan for the net, moving George Bodenheimer to exec chairman of the sports network, moving from prexy of ESPN and ABC Sports and co-chair of Disney Media Networks and giving up his day-to-day duties at the net. The changes will take effect Jan. 1, 2012.

Taking over daily operations will be John Skipper, who moves into the position vacated by Bodenheimer. Skipper has been ESPN’s exec veep of content since Oct. 2005. Skipper will have a dual report to Bodenheimer and Iger; Bodenheimer will report to Iger alone.

Iger himself is part of a recently-announced succession plan; Disney has set March 2015 as the date the exec will step down from his CEO duties and become chairman.

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