Josh D’Amaro named president of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products and Rebecca Campbell named president of Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International

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BURBANK, California – (BUSINESS WIRE) – Bob Chapek, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company (NYSE: DIS), announced today that Josh D’Amaro has been appointed President, Disney Parks, Experiments and Products, and Rebecca Campbell has been appointed President, Direct-to-Consumer and International. Mr. D’Amaro and Ms. Campbell will report to Mr. Chapek.

“Our company is fortunate to have a strong talent pool and we are extremely pleased to welcome these two exceptionally qualified Disney veterans to our management team,” said Mr. Chapek. “Josh and Rebecca have more than two decades of leadership experience in the company, a deep understanding of our brands and operations, and a shared passion and vision for delivering extraordinary entertainment and unique experiences.”

Mr. D’Amaro, who was recently president of the Walt Disney World Resort, succeeds Chapek as president of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products. In his new role, Mr. D’Amaro will oversee Disney’s iconic travel and leisure activities, which include six theme park destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia; a premier cruise company; a popular vacation property program; and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products businesses include the world’s largest licensee for toys, clothing, household goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest publisher of children’s prints; Disney stores around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

“Josh is an exceptionally talented, enthusiastic and innovative leader who consistently delivers solid results while demonstrating his unwavering commitment and care to our cast members, and a true appreciation for the importance of the Disney difference to our guests” said Mr. Chapek. “I’m sure it will take Disney’s Parks, Experiences and Products segment – home to some of our most iconic and valued businesses – to exciting new heights in the years to come.”

Mr. D’Amaro said: “I want to thank Bob for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to following his track record for innovation, value and growth as we deliver unforgettable experiences to our customers. It is an incredible honor to lead our talented and dedicated casting team from across the world, who go above and beyond every day. Even during this difficult time, their enthusiasm for what we do is unwavering, and my goal is to get our actors back to work as soon as possible so that they can continue to create this magic. “

Ms. Campbell is a 23-year-old Disney veteran who has held leadership positions in media, international and corporate parks businesses and was recently President of Disneyland Resort. As President, Direct-to-Consumer and International, Ms. Campbell will oversee the company’s worldwide streaming activities, including Disney + – which this month reached 54.5 million paying subscribers less six months after launch – as well as ESPN +, Hulu and Hotstar. Ms. Campbell’s portfolio also includes the company’s international operations, including Disney’s International Channels, Fox Networks International and Star India. Before becoming President of Disneyland Resort last year, Ms. Campbell was a member of the Direct-to-Consumer and International management team as President of The Walt Disney Company – Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA), where she oversaw Disney + launch a direct consumer strategy and roadmap for the region.

“As we seek to grow our direct selling business to consumers and continue to grow in new markets, I cannot think of anyone better placed to lead this effort than Rebecca,” said Mr. Chapek. “She is an exceptionally talented and dedicated executive with extensive experience in media, operations and international affairs. She was instrumental in launching Disney + globally while overseeing the EMEA region, and her business acumen and creative vision will be invaluable in making our streaming services successful and well established. to come up. “

Ms. Campbell said: “As part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International management team, I know what a remarkable group is and I am honored to be able to lead the organization during this dynamic and exciting time. Armed with the best creative content engines and the best technology teams in the industry, I am extremely confident in our ability to continue growing our business around the world. “

Campbell succeeds longtime Disney executive Kevin Mayer, who is leaving the company to become chief operating officer of ByteDance and chief executive officer of TikTok, ByteDance’s popular mobile video platform. Mr. Mayer has led the Disney Direct-to-Consumer and International segment since its inception in 2018 and oversaw the successful launches of ESPN + and Disney + and the integration of Hulu. During his career at Disney, Mr. Mayer was also the company’s chief strategy officer and was instrumental in facilitating several strategic acquisitions, including the acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

“Kevin has had an extraordinary impact on our business over the years, most recently at the helm of our direct-to-consumer sales business,” said Mr. Chapek. “He has done a masterful job of overseeing and expanding our portfolio of streaming services, while bringing together the creative and technological strengths necessary to launch Disney +, a huge success on a global scale. Having worked with Kevin for many years on the management team, I am extremely grateful for his support and friendship and wish him every success in the future. “

Mr. Mayer said: “I am very proud of what our extraordinarily talented Direct-to-Consumer and International team has accomplished by creating and delivering a world-class portfolio of streaming services, especially Disney +. Rebecca has been a vital member of the DTCI team since its inception, and I am confident that the business is in good hands and will continue to grow and prosper under her expert leadership. It was truly a privilege for me to be part of the iconic Walt Disney Company, and I am extremely grateful to Bob Iger for his confidence, as well as to Bob Chapek and his management team for their collaboration and support over the years. years. “

Rebecca Campbell, President, Direct-to-Consumer and International

As President of DTCI, Ms. Campbell will lead the next phase of Disney + growth as the service expands into new markets around the world. Following launches in Western Europe and India this spring, Disney + will debut in Japan in June, followed by the Nordic countries, Belgium, Luxembourg and Portugal in September, and Latin America later in the year.

Ms. Campbell will also oversee the expansion of Disney + ‘s solid content and library collection, which has grown steadily since the service launched last November. New additions to Disney + include blockbuster Star Wars: The Rise of Skywalker and the behind-the-scenes documentary of the making of Disney + ‘s most successful series, The Mandalorian May 4, to be followed later in the year by the second season of The Mandalorian; a filmed version of the original Broadway production of Hamilton, debuts on July 3; and the first in the fall of a new original Disney + series from National Geographic, Good things, based on Tom Wolfe’s book on NASA’s Mercury project.

In addition to directing Disney’s streaming services and the technology organization supporting them, Ms. Campbell will be responsible for regional teams spanning Europe, Asia, and Latin America.

Ms. Campbell comes to her new role at Disneyland Resort, where as President, she oversaw two iconic theme parks – Disneyland and Disney California Adventure – three resort hotels and Downtown Disney, and a workforce of 31,000 cast members . Previously, as President of The Walt Disney Company – EMEA in London for almost two years, Ms. Campbell was in charge of media, films and all other Disney operations in the EMEA region (except Disneyland Paris), and was responsible for a diverse team of more than 5,000 employees operating in 59 markets with offices in 25 countries. Ms. Campbell was instrumental in concluding the first major distribution agreement for Disney + in the EMEA region and also led the integration of 21st Century Fox businesses with Disney operations in the region.

From 2010 to 2017, Ms. Campbell was President of ABC-owned television stations, responsible for the company’s eight local television stations and their digital assets in New York, Los Angeles, Chicago, Philadelphia, San Francisco, Houston, Raleigh -Durham and Fresno. . In addition, Ms. Campbell oversaw the sales of ABC National Television and ABC Daytime. Under his leadership, the ABC station group has strategically moved from a traditional television company to a dynamic, fully integrated forward-looking broadcasting operation. The stations launched data-driven and mobile-centric video strategies and gained leadership in the market for platform video metrics and social reach and engagement.

From 2007 to 2010, Ms. Campbell was President and CEO of WABC-TV – New York, the group’s flagship station in the country’s largest television market, where she was responsible for WABC-TV and all of its ancillary activities , including two additional digital platforms and “Live with Regis and Kelly”.

Ms. Campbell joined The Walt Disney Company in 1997 as Vice President of Programming at WPVI-TV in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In 2003, she was appointed President and CEO of 6ABC. Prior to her tenure at Disney, Ms. Campbell held several programming and production positions at various television stations in Allentown and Lancaster, Pennsylvania.

Ms. Campbell graduated magna cum laude from the University of Bloomsburg with a dual specialization in journalism and political science.

Josh D’Amaro, President, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

As President of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, Mr. D’Amaro will be responsible for driving innovation and improving the customer experience in theme parks, cruise lines, retail and other operations of the segment. Mr. D’Amaro continues to focus on leadership teams whose unique culture, relentless focus on excellence and passion for the brand deliver the “Disney difference” to customers around the world.

In addition to the promotion of Mr. D’Amaro as segment president, several key executive appointments were announced. Jeff Vahle, former president of Disney Signature Experiences, assumes the role of president of Walt Disney World Resort. Ken Potrock, who had been president of consumer products, becomes president of Disneyland Resort. Kareem Daniel, former president of Walt Disney Imagineering Operations / Product Creation / Publishing / Games, has been appointed president, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing. Thomas Mazloum, who was senior vice president of resort and transportation operations at Walt Disney World Resort, becomes president of Disney Signature Experiences. (See Disney Parks, Experiences and Products press release for more information).

In his former role as president of Walt Disney World Resort, Mr. D’Amaro led a cast of more than 75,000 – the largest single site workforce in America – and was responsible for all facets of the business of the resort, including its four theme parks, two water parks, 28 resort hotels, four golf courses, the ESPN Wide World of Sports complex and the Disney Springs entertainment-shopping-dining complex.

Before being appointed president of the Walt Disney World Resort in 2019, Mr. D’Amaro was president of the Disneyland Resort, where he opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park and helped launch the development of the future Avengers campus at Disney California Adventure.

Mr. D’Amaro joined Disney in 1998 at the Disneyland Resort and has held several management positions within the company. He was executive vice president of business strategy for Walt Disney World Resort and also led hotel and transportation operations. He was vice president of Disney’s Animal Kingdom theme park, which has grown the most in its history. His other roles included Adventures by Disney; Sales and travel to Hong Kong Disneyland Resort; Finance for the Global Licensing division of Disney Consumer Products; and Business planning and strategy development for the Disneyland Resort.

Mr. D’Amaro obtained his BA in Business Administration from Georgetown University.

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