2012 NBA All-Star Technology Summit: Bio John Skipper
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Co-Chairman, Disney Media Networks
In his 14 years with the company prior to becoming president of ESPN and co-chairman of 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.
Skipper, 55, 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, Skipper 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.
Skipper joined ESPN in 1997 as senior vice president and general manager of ESPN The Magazine. In 2000, he added the same title for ESPN.com and in January 2003 was promoted to executive vice president. Before joining ESPN, Skipper served in executive positions for Disney Publishing, Disney Magazine publishing and Straight Arrow Publishing.