GEORGE BODENHEIMER (born May 6, 1958) is the former president of ESPN
Inc. and of ABC 's sports division, known since 2006 as
George was first hired at
The Sports Business Journal named Bodenheimer the most influential person of 2008 on a list of 50 people.
As of January 1, 2012, Bodenheimer was the executive chairman of ESPN, with John Skipper replacing him as president.
Consistent and substantive growth defined Bodenheimer’s tenure as President, leading to unprecedented success. His leadership style was simple but effective: empower all employees to proactively take charge of their careers and to base decisions on the company’s stated mission: “Serve Sports Fans. Anytime. Anywhere.” He launched a company priority process that engaged all employees to drive business initiatives. His vision created a vibrant, innovative workplace.
Since 1998 when Bodenheimer took over as President, through the time of