Rick Monihan, Director of Sales Operations Policy and Contract Oversight, manages agency and vendor relationships for ESPN. Since joining ESPN in 2011, Monihan has led efforts to implement industry best practices which streamline the sales process and improve operational efficiency. A 26-year veteran in media sales and operations, Monihan served in a variety of sales planning roles throughout his career including positions with ABC, USA, CNBC, Univision, AOL, The Weather Channel, Fox News and 4Kids Entertainment. While at both Univision and AOL, Monihan was instrumental in starting and building the Sales Planning teams. Later, as the Director of Digital Operations at Fox News Digital, Monihan put together an Operations Department while improving the network’s revenue yield and efficiency. Most recently, he served as the Vice President of Digital and TV Sales and Operations at 4Kids Entertainment, mastering complex COPPA and CARU rules and guidelines. Rick is a 1984 graduate of Syracuse University’s Newhouse School. He also studied Economic History at the New School for Social Research.