Chris LaPlaca was named senior vice president, corporate communications, and will report to Ed Durso, executive vice president, administration. LaPlaca, in taking over many of Gatti’s responsibilities, will oversee ESPN’s external and internal communications efforts, and will work on a daily basis with The Walt Disney
Gatti and LaPlaca have worked together since 1980.
Gatti was the first woman sports information director in the NCAA’s major university division when she was named to that post at Villanova in 1974 and joined ESPN in July 1980 as director of communications. She has been responsible for the company’s public relations operation since. LaPlaca joined ESPN, 10 months after its launch in 1979 and was named to his most recent position two years ago, responsible for the ESPN’s worldwide internal, public and media relations strategy and operation, including oversight of consumer and corporate communications for its 50 business units.