Mahl exits ESPN for ask.com

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Jeffrey Mahl, ESPN's senior VP-advertising sales, has resigned to take an executive position at ask.com, the Web site owned by Ask Jeeves. Mr. Mahl could not be reached at press time, but an ESPN spokesman confirmed the resignation. Mr. Mahl's resignation comes as ESPN parent Walt Disney Co. is conducting a search for someone to lead an integrated ABC Sports/ESPN ad sales unit. The ESPN spokesman said no successor is being named at this time. Ask Jeeves went public last week.

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