Mark L. Walker

Mark L. Walker

Executive Vice President, ESPN BET, Business Development and Sports Innovation

Mark L. Walker is the Executive Vice President, ESPN BET, Business Development and Sports Innovation, where he leads ESPN’s business development center of excellence, with particular focus on driving sports media innovation in business, products and experiences, such as ESPN BET.

In his role, Walker is also responsible for driving ESPN Edge – a collaboration with other technology leaders to enable new ways for fans to experience sports and continuing to lead ESPN’s strategic efforts in the sports betting space.

Walker joined from the Disney Parks, Experiences and Products franchise group. In that role, he led global segment-wide initiatives aimed at building lifelong relationships between fans and key content franchises from Disney, Marvel, Lucas and Fox. Walker brings a wealth of experience to the innovation and business development disciplines, having led all of product development, marketing, programming, content, and operations for Disney’s network of digital gateways, social media presence and content-delivery apps. He helped transform that collection of Disney marketing platforms into the coherent, multi-platform digital content engine now known as the Disney Digital Network.

Before joining TWDC in 2011, Walker was the head of the Yahoo! News and Information verticals, leading business development teams in the sports, entertainment, and lifestyle spaces. He also held business and legal affairs positions for several entertainment media companies in music, film, and television.

Walker earned a J.D. degree from Stanford Law School, an M.S. in Mechanical Engineering from Stanford, and a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from MIT. Additionally, he served as a member of the Media Arts and Sciences Visiting Committee for the MIT Media Laboratory. He is based out of ESPN’s New York office and reports to Jimmy Pitaro, Chairman of ESPN at The Walt Disney Company.

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