fbpx
Highlights | Industry News

ROBERT A. IGER IS RETURNING TO LEAD DISNEY COMPANY AS CEO

22 Nov - 2022

The Walt Disney Company has announced that Robert A. Iger is returning to lead Disney as Chief Executive Officer, effective immediately.

Robert A. Iger, who spent more than four decades at the Company, including 15 years as its CEO, has agreed to serve as Disney’s CEO for two years, with a mandate from the Board to set the strategic direction for renewed growth and to work closely with the Board in developing a successor to lead the Company at the completion of his term. Iger succeeds Bob Chapek, who has stepped down from his position.

We thank Bob Chapek for his service to Disney over his long career, including navigating the company through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic“, said Susan Arnold, Chairman of the Board. “The Board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an increasingly complex period of industry transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely situated to lead the Company through this pivotal period“.

Mr. Iger has the deep respect of Disney’s senior leadership team, most of whom he worked closely with until his departure as executive chairman 11 months ago, and he is greatly admired by Disney employees worldwide–all of which will allow for a seamless transition of leadership“, she said.

The position of Chairman of the Board remains unchanged, with Ms. Arnold serving in that capacity.

I am extremely optimistic for the future of this great company and thrilled to be asked by the Board to return as its CEO“, Robert A. Iger said. “Disney and its incomparable brands and franchises hold a special place in the hearts of so many people around the globe—most especially in the hearts of our employees, whose dedication to this company and its mission is an inspiration. I am deeply honored to be asked to again lead this remarkable team, with a clear mission focused on creative excellence to inspire generations through unrivaled, bold storytelling“.

During his 15 years as CEO, from 2005 to 2020, Iger helped build Disney into one of the world’s most successful and admired media and entertainment companies with a strategic vision focused on creative excellence, technological innovation and international growth.

He expanded on Disney’s legacy of unparalleled storytelling with the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox and increased the Company’s market capitalization fivefold during his time as CEO. Mr. Iger continued to direct Disney’s creative endeavors until his departure as Executive Chairman last December, and the Company’s robust pipeline of content is a testament to his leadership and vision.

Subscribe to our newsletter


Read our last issue




THE MEDIA PIONEERS ANNOUNCE NEW DEALS
THE MEDIA PIONEERS ANNOUNCE NEW DEALS

The Media Pioneers (TMP) announces a raft of new deals for its range of animation series, expanding its reach to different territories across the globe. Hong Kong entertainment TV channel ViuTV, operated by HK Television Entertainment (HKTVE) has acquired the Pay TV...

read more
ASEMBL: CHUPA CHUPS AND BULLA DAIRY FOODS TOGETHER AGAIN
ASEMBL: CHUPA CHUPS AND BULLA DAIRY FOODS TOGETHER AGAIN

Asembl has brought Perfetti Van Melle’s Chupa Chups and Bulla Dairy Foods together again - this time for a forever fun flavoured icy sticks party pack. Featuring iconic Chupa Chups strawberry, watermelon and cola flavours, summer’s must-have limited edition party pack...

read more
XILAM ANIMATION APPOINTS JÉRÔME LACARRIÈRE
XILAM ANIMATION APPOINTS JÉRÔME LACARRIÈRE

Xilam Animation has appointed experienced industry executive Jérôme Lacarrière to the position of VP of Digital Business Development. Jérôme Lacarrière is based in Xilam’s head office in Paris and reports into Morgann Favennec, EVP Distribution, in which he will be...

read more