General Manager, ESPN ANZ
Haydn Arndt is the General Manager, ESPN ANZ, based in Sydney. As part of Disney’s local leadership team, Arndt develops and executes the overall business strategy of ESPN in Australia and New Zealand overseeing its 2 Television Channels and Digital Assets including ESPN.com, Footytips, Cricinfo and ESPNFC.
Reporting to Mike Morrison, Managing Director ESPN APAC, Arndt builds and cultivates relationships with all media partners, identifies and implements revenue growth opportunities, and explores new business models across all possible platforms.
A key focus for Arndt is localising the ESPN ANZ multiplatform business. Serving Australian sports fans with not only the best coverage of international sport but also game around the game coverage of local sport. Building on current key rights for US sports including NBA, NFL and MLB, Arndt is also building the digital business through the local edition of ESPN.com
Prior to joining ESPN, Arndt was General Manager of Disney Media Distribution where he executed the sales strategy of The Walt Disney Company television and studios content across all media platforms. Before Disney, Arndt spent four years as Senior Vice President of International Television Sales for NBC Universal, Asia-Pacific. Arndt also worked for Walt Disney International Television, United Kingdom and Ireland, in both sales and finance. He graduated from the University of Adelaide with a Bachelor of Commerce and is a member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants Australia.