News surfaced last week that Godwin was being tapped for the role.
Godwin will have oversight over editorial and business operations for broadcast, digital, streaming and audio news.
She will succeed James Goldston, who departed on March 31. She also will be the first African American woman to lead a broadcast network news division.
Godwin, who will join ABC News in May, as details were worked out to let her out of her contract at CBS News.
She’s currently CBS News executive vice president of news, her latest title after joining the network in 2007. She also served as executive director for development and diversity, and senior broadcast producer of the CBS Evening News. More recently, she helped develop the CBS News Race & Culture Unit and CBS Village, with a focus on spotlighting diverse groups. Before CBS,