Ed Erhardt

Title: President, Global Sales & Marketing, ESPN

Years in Cable: 17

One Word that Best Describes Me: Happy

 

Christine Driessen

Title: EVP & CFO, ESPN

Years in Cable: 31

Education: BS, Accounting, Fordham University

 

Marie Donoghue

Title: EVP, Global Strategy & Original Content, ESPN

Years in Cable: 18

Education: BA Columbia College, JD Columbia Law School

One Word that Best Describes Me: Curious

 

John Kosner

Title: EVP, Digital and Print Media, ESPN

Years in Cable: 38

Education: Stanford University

One Word that Best Describes Me: Fortunate

 

The definition of maximizing teamwork for the win, ESPN’s front line of execs celebrated another banner year in 2015 and are on their way to setting new records. Driessen’s strong business acumen played an important role in the company’s broadband Internet strategy and multimedia programming rights agreements. With Kosner at the helm, ESPN Digital Media celebrated its best year ever, breaking its own sports category record in reaching 94.4 million fans in September alone. Donoghue has been expanding her strategy role, driving Fivethirtyeight to traffic highs and pushing new boundaries with ESPN Films. Erhardt, elevated in last May, is leading a bountiful sales team and also developing an insights-driven marketing and data organization to support them.

 

Ed Erhardt

The biggest innovation in cable over the last year: Sling and Sony Vue

My first job: Classified ad sales at the Soho Weekly News

Favorite charity event you work with: Reisenbach Foundation

“Star Trek” celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock’s motto is “Live Long and Prosper,” mine is… Health Wealth and Time

Best way to spend a Saturday night: With the NBA and College Football on ESPN and ABC

Favorite Podcast: His and Hers

Favorite vacation spot: Bermuda

 

Christine Driessen

My first job: Designing and making macramé hand bags in high school and selling them to local boutiques

Favorite charity event you work with: Special Olympics World Games, Los Angeles, July 2015.

“Star Trek” celebrates its 50th Anniversary this year. So if Mr. Spock’s motto is “Live Long and Prosper,” mine is… Make a Positive Impact Every Week.

Best way to spend a Saturday night: Enjoying time with my husband and family.

Hoverboard, driverless car or drone: Driverless car.

Favorite vacation spot: The Low Country in South Carolina.

 

Marie Donoghue

My first job: Wall Street attorney

New favorite binge: Our new documentary — “OJ: Made In America “

I watch the majority of programming on this device: iPad

Favorite Podcast: FiveThirtyEight Election Podcast

Favorite vacation spot: Costa Rica

My Starbucks order: Tea

 

John Kosner

Last show I watched not on my network(s): Billions

My first job: Programming assistant at CBS Sports in 1982

What should cable do to improve its image? Make TV Everywhere ubiquitous and easy to use

Best way to spend a Saturday night: At a great NYC restaurant with my wife Diane and son Luke

My cable industry mentor and why: Rex Lardner. Mentored me as an intern at NBC Sports in the late 1970’s and hired me at CBS Sports. Bright, personable and thoughtful. Owe a tremendous amount to him.

Favorite Podcast: The Lowe Post

Favorite vacation spot: Montauk, N.Y.

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