Christine Driessen, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for ESPN, is responsible for overseeing all of the company’s financial operations worldwide and serving as financial advisor on strategic planning for all acquisitions, new business ventures and programming initiatives.
Driessen’s strong business acumen has most recently played an important role in the company’s broadband internet strategy and multimedia programming rights agreements for *Monday Night Football*, the BCS, the SEC, the ACC, The Masters and British Open golf, and Premier League football in the UK. Driessen played a key role in the financial strategy for the recently completed Time Warner omnibus deal and the successful launches of ESPN3D. Driessen has been instrumental in the launches of ESPN2, ESPNEWS, and *ESPN The Magazine* as well as negotiating agreements for ESPN’s foreign investments including CTV Specialty Group in Canada, ESPN Star Sports in Asia, ESPN Classic Europe and ESPN America.
Driessen was named one of the “Top Ten Female Sports Executives of the Year” by Sports Business Journal and was recognized by CableFAX Magazine in “CableFAX 100” and “Most Powerful Women in Cable.” Multichannel News recognized Driessen as a “Wonder Woman,” WISE honored her as one of the “WISE Women of the Year,” and she received the Fordham Business “Distinguished Alumna Award.” Girls, Inc. recognized Driessen as one of America’s foremost women in media for being “a strong, smart, and bold role model for girls.” She was selected by Variety as a “Woman of Impact” and cracked the BusinessWeek Power 100, for her business acumen. Driessen was honored by United Way’s Women United in Philanthropy with the “Woman of Excellence and Achievement” award.
Driessen is a member of the ESPN Board of Directors and ESPN Star Sports Board of Directors. She also serves on the Board of Trustees of the Women’s Sports Foundation and served a six-year term, from 2005-2011, on the Fordham University Board of Trustees.
Driessen is a graduate of Fordham University. She is married with two children.