Chris LaPlaca, senior vice president of ESPN Corporate Communications, will talk about choosing a corporate communications career path in today’s job market on Tuesday, May 6 at 10 a.m. in Room 6-127. The talk is open to Tunxis students and staff only.
LaPlaca is responsible for ESPN’s worldwide internal, public and media relations strategies, including oversight of consumer, corporate and employee communications for ESPN’s 50 business units. He also oversees the company’s day-to-day working relationship with The Walt Disney Company’s corporate communications and investor relations groups.
ESPN’s communications team has earned many accolades over the years, including PR Week’s “Team of the Year” for large corporations in 2005, and CableFAX Magazine’s “Team of the Year” for 2012.
LaPlaca is active within the industry and the community. He is a member of the NCTA’s Public Affairs Committee, and co-chaired the Association for Cable Communicators’ annual conference in 2013. In 2010, he was a keynote speaker at the PR News annual Media Relations Forum, and presented at the Conference for Corporate Communication at Notre Dame in 2013. He holds a bachelor of arts degree in journalism/mass communication from St. Bonaventure University.