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Ben Sherwood Named President of ABC News

Ben Sherwood has been named president of ABC News, Anne Sweeney announced Friday. Read her entire email to staff after the jump.

“Ben’s proven success in the news business, along with his entrepreneurial spirit, creativity, and keen intellect make him the ideal choice to lead ABC News into the future.  His previous tenure at ABC led to the most successful seasons in GMA’s history, and his success as a bestselling author and digital entrepreneur demonstrate a unique skill set that is as valuable as it is diverse," said Sweeney, the co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Television Group.

Said Sherwood in a statement, "It’s a great honor and privilege to be asked to lead this amazing news organization and I am humbled by the opportunity.  For more than 20 years, I’ve known firsthand of the passion, excellence and integrity of the people who work for ABC News. I am thrilled to be coming back home, and look forward to harnessing our innovation and creativity to build on our great history of success.”

Former president David Westin stepped down after 13 years in September.

Sherwood has been the executive producer of Good Morning America since 2004. He was also a producer for NBC's Nightly News.

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The following email was sent by Anne Sweeney announcing Ben Sherwood as President, ABC News

I am immensely pleased to announce that Ben Sherwood has been named our new President of ABC News, responsible for all aspects of our global news business including editorial, programming, digital and other business related aspects of the division. Those of you who worked with Ben during his previous tenures at ABC News on PrimeTime and Good Morning America know him to be the quintessential journalist, with the integrity and innovative spirit that defines ABC News. During his stellar career, he's served as investigative journalist, associate producer, producer, senior broadcast producer and executive producer, who helped guide award-winning coverage of the biggest stories of the day, including the attacks of September 11th, the controversial 2000 election, the tsunami in Southeast Asia, and hurricane Katrina.

The press release announcing his appointment and detailing his remarkable career as an award-winning journalist, widely published essayist, best-selling author and digital media entrepreneur is attached. I'm sure you'll agree Ben is the absolute best choice to lead this best-in-class news organization into the next phase of success.

As we make this transition I want to thank each of you for your dedication, hard work, and patience. I know the uncertainty during this search was challenging in many ways, and I appreciate your support and your unwavering commitment to excellence throughout the process. Ben's leadership backed by your talent ensures we're prepared for even greater success.

Please join me in welcoming Ben Sherwood back to ABC News.

For those of you here in New York, please join me in TV3 at 10:30 a.m. to welcome Ben back personally.

Anne