ESPN names Pitaro as new president

3/5/2018 8:24:06 PM EST

ESPN finally has a new skipper.

The network on Monday named James Pitaro its new president, effective immediately. Pitaro was also named co-chair of Disney Media Networks. The Walt Disney Company is the parent company of ESPN.

Pitaro most recently served as the chairman of Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media since 2016. He also has experience as an executive with Yahoo Media and Yahoo Sports.

Pitaro replaces John Skipper, who stepped down in December after nearly six years as president to deal with a substance addiction.

--Field Level Media