George Bodenheimer is an ESPN and cable industry pioneer and was the company’s longest-tenured president, a position he held from 1998-2011. He oversaw all multimedia sports assets of The Walt Disney Company, including ABC Sports, from 2003-2011 and served as co-chairman of Disney Media Networks from 2004-2011. He served as Executive Chairman of ESPN, Inc. from 2012-2014. He serves on the boards of the V Foundation for Cancer Research, Denison University, Under Armour and Sirius XM. He joined the faculty at Iona College in 2017 in the School of Business division of Sports, Entertainment and Media to co-teach a course titled “Leadership and Management in Sports, Entertainment, & Media.”
Bodenheimer was inducted into the Cable Television Hall of Fame in 2008. In 2012, he received the Distinguished American Award from the National Football Foundation and was inducted into the Sports Broadcasting Hall of Fame.
Bodenheimer graduated from Denison University with a degree in economics. He is married with three children.