Former ESPN Executive Rosalyn Durant Named New Senior Vice President of Disney Springs, Water Parks, and ESPN Wide World of Sports

As one of the first organizational changes made by President Josh D’Amaro, it seems Walt Disney World will soon have a new Senior VP at the helm of Operations for Disney Springs, ESPN Wide World of Sports, and Disney’s Blizzard Beach & Typhoon Lagoon Water Parks: Rosalyn Durant.

Rosalyn Durant, an ESPN employee since 1999 and former Senior Vice President of College Networks, is a true ESPN success story. Durant worked her way from an internship in affiliate sales and marketing, to taking the lead on ESPN’s college networks. She was instrumental in leading the programming team of the SEC Network, ACC Network, Longhorn Network, and ESPNU.

In an article published by John Ourand on Sports Business Daily, ESPN Exec VP/Programming & Scheduling Burke Magnus was quoted as saying,

“This is a wonderful opportunity for Roz and a vivid reminder of the growth possibilities we have at The Walt Disney Company, to move in a variety of positions whether at ESPN or other Disney segments.”

Durant will oversee the work of Matt Simon, Vice President of Disney Springs, and Faron Kelley, Vice President of Sports and Water Parks. In her new role, she will report to Josh D’Amaro, alongside Thomas Mazloum who remains responsible for Resorts and Transportation, and Jim MacPhee who remains responsible for the Theme Parks and Entertainment.