ESPN has hired a new president and will have a new executive producer.
Matt McIlwain, a former ESPN executive and senior vice president of production and distribution, will take over as the network’s president and general manager.
He joins ESPN CEO John Skipper as the first non-executive director for the network.
McIlwains appointment was first reported by The Associated Press.
ESPN said in a statement, “Matt McIlvin has spent the last 15 years as the chief creative officer for ESPN The magazine and will lead our editorial direction and content strategy.”
McIlvins appointment comes as the company is facing scrutiny for its decision to let its former president, Bill Simmons, leave the company.
ESPN and Simmons declined to comment on the hiring.