Pitaro replaces John Skipper, who resigned suddenly in December to deal with a substance abuse problem. Pitaro takes over a wide-ranging sports network that is fighting back against cord cutters and is about to launch a new streaming service together with an all-encompassing new app.
Pitaro has been chairman of Disney’s consumer products and interactive media since 2016. Before joining Disney, he helped build Yahoo Sports into a widely used online service.
Disney Chairman Robert Iger said Pitaro forged his career at the intersection of technology, sports and the media.
Pitaro described himself as a “passionate and lifelong sports fan.