New Roles for Communicators at ESPN
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New Roles for Communicators at ESPN

ESPN has reorganized its corporate communications team. Chris LaPlaca, senior vice president of consumer communications and a 25-year vet with the company, has been named senior vice president of communications for ESPN.

Paul Holmes

BRISTOL—ESPN has reorganized its corporate communications team. Chris LaPlaca, senior vice president of consumer communications and a 25-year vet with the company, has been named senior vice president of communications for ESPN, responsible for all public and media relations, reporting to Rosa Gatti, senior VP of corporate communications and outreach.

Mike Soltys, vice president of communications for domestic networks, will assume increased responsibility for domestic TV and radio, as well as ABC Sports and add oversight of ESPN Outdoors, Monday Night Football, NASCAR, and BASS, ESPN’s bass fishing empire.

Katina Arnold, VP of affiliate and international communications, will add responsibility for media relations for ad sales and marketing and new technologies and will handle media relations for Mobile ESPN and iPod content. Rob Tobias, senior director, is promoted to VP, public relations, new content, original entertainment and enterprises. Soltys, Arnold and Tobias will all report to LaPlaca.

Diane Lamb has been promoted from from senior director to VP of corporate information, reporting to Gatti. In addition to her current responsibility for baseball media relations and corporate communication with employees and investor relations, she will be responsible for coordinating corporate speaking engagements.

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