ABC News prez Ben Sherwood will take the reins from Anne Sweeney at Disney

Disney tapped ABC News president Ben Sherwood to succeed Anne Sweeney as co-chairman, Disney Media Networks and president, Disney/ABC Television Group. Sherwood assumes the co-chair title on February 1, 2015, upon the exit of Sweeney, who announced her decision to pursue TV directing. Effective immediately, Sherwood will transition as co-president. “Ben is one of those unique executives who combine rich creative experience with great business acumen,” said Bob Iger, chairman and CEO of Disney. “He’s also focused, strategic and competitive, as evidenced by the success of GMA, the Yahoo deal that delivered ABC News online dominance, and the vision behind our new cable and digital venture, Fusion.”

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