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 ESPN content across all media platforms. He had been EVP, advertising sales & ESPN Enterprises, since August 2004. 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.