STAMFORD, CT: WWE has hired sports media comms veteran Chris Bellitti as SVP of communications.
He previously held senior roles at Fox Sports and ESPN, WWE said in a statement. Bellitti was not immediately available for comment.
In his new role, Bellitti will report to Brian Flinn, EVP of marketing and communications and will be responsible for providing "strategic vision" on internal and external global comms, the organization said in a statement.
Bellitti joined Fox Sports in 2006 and has served as director of communications and then VP of communications in the past 10 years, according to his LinkedIn profile. He oversaw media relations, publicity, messaging, crisis comms, and internal communications for Fox businesses, including 22 of its regional sports networks and digital properties, according to LinkedIn.
Prior to joining FOX, Bellitti had a short stint as director of communications at Zingy Mobile Media. He also served as senior manager of communications at ESPN International for five years and was manager of corporate communications at ESPN for two years.
Stamford, Connecticut-based WWE’s revenue was up 32% in the second quarter, ending June 30, to $199 million, boosted by its live event and network businesses. Net income was $800,000 in the quarter, down 84% from $5.1 million in the year prior. Operating income was down 79% to $1.5 million in the period.