George Bodenheimer, who joined
Executive chairman of ESPN's board, Bodenheimer told staff Tuesday that this would be his final week. ESPN is a unit of
Bodenheimer had stepped back from overseeing the day-to-day operations of ESPN in 2012 when John Skipper became president and chief executive.
"It is impossible to completely capture the impact George has had on our company and on so many of us during his remarkable 33 years with ESPN," Skipper said in a staff memo.
Bodenheimer joined ESPN just two years after the sports channel launched. He rose up on the business side and played a key role in building ESPN from a single channel to a juggernaut with scores of channels around the globe.
A low-key executive, Bodenheimer didn't want an official press release noting his departure. Instead ESPN put together a page about him on one of its websites.
In his farewell memo, Bodenheimer talked more about the people he's worked with than himself.