Disney announces two senior management appointments

The Walt Disney Company’s CEO Bob Chapek has announced the appointment of Josh D’Amaro as chairman of Disney Parks, experiences and products and Rebecca Campbell as chairman of Disney’s direct-to-consumer and international

Written by Georgie Dobie

Posted 21.05.2020 | Entertainment

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Bob Chapek, CEO of The Walt Disney Company, has announced that Josh D’Amaro has been named chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, and Rebecca Campbell has been named Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International. Both will report to Chapek.

Chapek said: “Our company is very fortunate to have a deep bench of talent and we’re extremely pleased to welcome these two exceptionally qualified Disney veterans to our senior management team. Both Josh and Rebecca have more than two decades of leadership experience with the Company, a keen understanding of our brands and businesses, and a shared passion and vision for delivering extraordinary entertainment and one-of-a-kind experiences.” 

As Chapek’s successor as chairman, Disney Parks, experiences and products, D’Amaro will be responsible for driving innovation and enhancing the guest experience across the segment’s theme parks, cruise line, retail and other operations. He will oversee Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six theme park-resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia; a top-rated cruise line; a popular vacation ownership program; and an award-winning guided family adventure business. Disney’s global consumer products operations include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s print publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform. 

D’Amaro most recently served as president of Walt Disney World Resort, a role he assumed in 2019. Prior to that, he was president of the Disneyland Resort, where he opened Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge at Disneyland Park and helped initiate development of the upcoming Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure. Since joining Disney in 1998, D’Amaro has held a number of leadership positions across the company.  

Speaking of his appointment, D’Amaro said: “I want to thank Bob for giving me this opportunity and I look forward to following his record of driving innovation, value and growth as we deliver unforgettable experiences for our guests. It is an incredible honour to lead our team of talented and dedicated cast members around the globe, who go above-and-beyond every single day. Even during this challenging time, their enthusiasm for what we do is unwavering, and my goal is to bring our cast members back to work as soon as possible so they can continue to create that magic.” 

Since joining The Walt Disney Company 23 years ago, Campbell has held leadership roles across Disney’s media, international and parks businesses and most recently served as president of Disneyland Resort.  

As chairman, direct-to-consumer and international, Campbell will oversee the company’s streaming businesses globally, including Disney+ – which this month reached 54.5 million paid subscribers less than six months after its launch ¬– as well as ESPN+, Hulu and Hotstar.  

Campbell’s portfolio also includes the company’s international businesses, including Disney’s International Channels, Fox Networks International and Star India. Prior to becoming president of Disneyland Resort last year, Campbell was a member of the direct-to-consumer and international leadership team as president, The Walt Disney Company EMEA, where she oversaw the Disney+ launch strategy and direct-to-consumer roadmap for the region.  

Speaking of her new role, Campbell said: “Having been a part of the Direct-to-Consumer and International leadership team, I know what a stellar group it is, and I’m honoured to be able to lead the organisation during this dynamic and exciting time. Armed with the best creative content engines and technology teams in the industry, I am extremely confident in our ability to continue growing the business around the globe.” 

Campbell succeeds long-serving Disney executive Kevin Mayer, who is leaving the Company to become COO of ByteDance and CEO of TikTok, ByteDance’s popular mobile video platform.  

Chapek also announced a new Disney Parks, experiences and products leadership team. He said: “I’m incredibly proud of the new leadership team at Parks, beginning with the segment’s chairman, long-time Disney veteran Josh D’Amaro, and his newly announced team of Jeff Vahle, Ken Potrock, Kareem Daniel and Thomas Mazloum. These talented executives played pivotal roles while leading our exceptional cast members during the largest period of growth in the segment’s history, which included the expansion of our parks and resorts around the world, the addition of new attractions including two highly acclaimed Star Wars-themed lands, and a shift to more personalised experiences for guests. And I am confident that as they assume even greater responsibility and pursue new opportunities, they will have an even bigger impact on the future of our company.” 

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