WWE has a pretty big new hire in their communications department.
The company announced a new Senior VP of communications, and sent us the following press release. The new hire, Chris Bellitti, formerly worked at Fox Sports as VP of Public Relations.
WWE NAMES CHRIS BELLITTI SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, COMMUNICATIONS
STAMFORD, Conn., September 6, 2016 – WWE (NYSE: WWE) today announced the appointment of Chris Bellitti as Senior Vice President, Communications. Bellitti, who previously held senior positions at FOX Sports and ESPN, will report directly to Brian Flinn, WWE Executive Vice President, Marketing & Communications.
As head of WWE's Communications division, Bellitti will be a key member of the company's senior management team, responsible for providing strategic vision for WWE's internal and external global communications initiatives across key business units.
Bellitti brings more than 20 years of experience in strategic communications. Prior to joining WWE, Bellitti was Vice President, Communications at FOX Sports where he oversaw media relations, publicity, messaging, crisis communications and internal communications on behalf of a variety of its businesses, including the company's 22 regional sports networks; its TV Everywhere and digital businesses; national and local advertising sales; and college multimedia partnerships under the FOX Sports College Properties banner. Bellitti also created and managed tactical communications support in areas such as media rights acquisitions, TV network launches, affiliate distribution negotiations, and new digital and mobile products.
Prior to FOX Sports, Bellitti was at ESPN, where he directed all communications efforts in support of ESPN International and its related TV, radio, print, and mobile businesses, as well as X-Games events. He also oversaw all media relations activities for ESPN Deportes, directing the strategy for the launches of its television, radio, and magazine initiatives. Bellitti began his career at ESPN in corporate communications working on behalf of its domestic affiliate sales and consumer marketing groups.
Bellitti graduated from Brooklyn College, City University of New York.