ESPN president John Skipper announced his retirement, citing struggles with substance abuse. George Bodenheimer, who served as ESPN’s president from 1998 to 2011, will take over in the interim while the network searches for a permanent replacement.
“I have great respect for John’s leadership, and I applaud the courage he’s demonstrating by addressing his challenge head on,” said Bodenheimer. “The most important thing right now for John and his family is that he conquers his addiction, and the entire ESPN family is behind him.”
Skipper has been with ESPN since 1997, when he joined as senior vice president and general manager of ESPN The Magazine. He has held his current position since 2012.
BET Networks announced the appointment of Scott M. Mills as president, taking over day-to-day operations from BET chairman and CEO Debra Lee, who is relaxing her control over the network.
“I have spent more than 20 years leading this incredible enterprise and I am so proud of the BET team and all that we have accomplished,” Lee said in a statement. “As I look to the future, I believe it is the right time to take a step back from day-to-day responsibilities at BET.”
Before taking over operations from the BET chairman, Mills served as executive vice president and chief administration officer for its parent company, Viacom. He has served as president of BET Networks once before, during which time he launched the channel’s mobile and digital video operations.
Domino’s Pizza is promoting Joe Jordan, its US chief marketing officer, to its international executive team. As executive vice president, Jordan will oversee global marketing efforts, focusing on growth in Europe, the Middle East and Africa. Additionally, the company is hiring a new marketing executive, Art D’Elia, as senior vice president and chief brand and innovation officer for Domino’s US.
“As our brand becomes a global leader in markets around the world we have a chance to expand our great leadership and provide opportunities for exceptional performers,” said Patrick Doyle, Domino’s president and CEO. “We’re excited about this change, and the chance to share our resources and put proven leaders into positions we believe will help us accelerate our brand trajectory.”
Prior to becoming Domino’s Pizza’s top marketing executive, Jordan served as the pizzamaker’s CMO for three years, and was responsible for double-digit sales growth between 2015 and 2017. D’Elia previously was the chief marketing executive at Danone Dairy UBN, where he led marketing efforts in the UK, Ireland, Belgium and the Netherlands.
The Rest Of The C-Suite
Amusement park entertainment company Cedar Fair has tapped Tim Fisher as its latest chief operating officer.
“We are making significant, strategic, long-term investments within and adjacent to our parks,” said Richard Zimmerman, Cedar Fair president and CEO. “Tim’s significant industry experience, coupled with his extensive knowledge of our parks and target markets, will deepen our management team and help us fully capitalize on all of our park-level initiatives.”
Fisher joins Cedar Fair from Village Roadshow, another theme park operator, where he has served as CEO since 2009.
BFS Capital, a financial services provider for small businesses, has hired Mary Harris as its new CMO.
“I look forward to expanding our market presence and visibility across the US and building new and lasting relationships with our customers and partners,” Harris said.
Prior to signing on with BFS Capital as its head marketing executive, Harris served as senior vice president of marketing and public relations for BankUnited, helping the bank rebrand and earn accolades from Forbes.
Andrew Lustgarten has risen to the position of president of The Madison Square Garden Company (MSG).
“[Lustgarten’s] unique experience in sports, live entertainment management and corporate development will be critically important as we continue to focus on enhancing our core businesses and identifying compelling opportunities that further our presence and influence in live experiences,” said James Dolan, MSG’s executive chairman and interim CEO.
Lustgarten has been with MSG since 2014, when he joined as executive vice president of corporate development and strategy. Prior to that, he spent seven years at the NBA, where he held the position of senior vice president of global strategy.
Madison Square Garden is still looking for a new CEO, after David O’Connor departed the company in November.
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