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“The announcement was made Tuesday by Bob Iger, the president and chief executive officer of the Walt Disney Company. "With George's continued presence, John's experience and vision and an executive management team and workforce that are unparalleled in the sports media business, ESPN is extremely well positioned for continued success," Iger said in a statement. Bodenheimer will relinquish his day-to-day operating responsibilities as president of ESPN, his role for the last 13 years, on Jan. 1. As executive chairman, he will continue to chair ESPN's board of directors, provide strategic direction and support the transition to Skipper, who will assume day-to-day operating responsibilities also on Jan. 1. "I've been with ESPN 31 years -- my entire professional career. Constant change and consistent growth have marked each of those years, and to me those two themes underscore today's news," Bodenheimer said in a statement. "After 13 years as president, I felt it was a good time to step away from the day to day management of ESPN and let others take the lead. I very much appreciate Bob's support over the years, and look forward to my future role with ESPN."
I've been with ESPN 31 years -- my entire professional career. Constant change and consistent growth have marked each of those years, and to me those two themes underscore today's news.” -- ESPN president George Bodenheimer