Paul Richardson joined ESPN in 2007 as senior vice president, human resources, bringing significant experience in managing human resources operations at global companies. Serving as a member of the board of directors and executive committee for ESPN, Richardson oversees all aspects of ESPN human resources, supporting 50 different business units and approximately 6,000 employees around the world.
In October 2017, Richardson expanded his portfolio to include oversight of two integral areas at ESPN – Corporate Citizenship and Global Security and Facilities Operations, responsible for all security and facilities needs for ESPN employees and offices around the world. The Corporate Citizenship team oversees strategic community investments, cause marketing programs, collaboration with sports organizations and employee volunteerism.
From February 2011 through February 2017, Richardson served as the first chief diversity officer for The Walt Disney Company (TWDC). In this role, he partnered with diversity leaders throughout TWDC business segments in defining and implementing the global diversity and inclusion strategies for the Company. During this six-year tenure he launched numerous programs and initiatives, and architected Disney’s signature Heroes Work Here Veterans Initiative, Global Workplace and Women’s Initiative and a growth initiative targeting U.S. Hispanics. Under Richardson’s direction and leadership, ESPN has also launched several diversity initiatives including a Women’s Leadership Conference, nine Employee Resource Groups and an Executive Diversity Council.
Richardson began his career as an attorney before transitioning to the human resources field. He has held executive human resource positions at a wide array of media companies, including those focused on television and film production, digital media development, publishing, marketing and sales and other media platforms. At Universal McCann where he was employed prior to joining ESPN, Richardson served as executive vice president, global human resources, responsible for overseeing all human resource functions for 72 offices and approximately 3,000 employees worldwide.
Prior to joining Universal McCann, Richardson was senior vice president, human resources, at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood, Calif. He joined Paramount after more than 10 years with The Times Mirror Company, former parent company of the Los Angeles Times. Throughout, his Times experience he has served as a key member of executive management and implemented a variety of initiatives, including leadership development, training, performance management, recruitment and the company’s enterprise-wide inaugural diversity program.
His contributions were recognized in May 2010 when he received a NAMIC Luminary Award. Additionally, from 2010 – 2019 CableFAX: The Magazine named him to the Most Influential Minorities in Cable list.
Among other charitable and civic endeavors, Richardson has served as an advisor to the California State Summer School of the Arts and as a board member of C2HR (formerly Cable and Telecommunications Human Resources Association - CTHRA). He is currently a member of the Society for Human Resources Management (SHRM) and the National Association for Multi-ethnicity in Communications (NAMIC).
Richardson received his bachelor’s degree and his juris doctorate from the University of Southern California.