ABOUT THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

Our Mission

The mission of The Walt Disney Company is to entertain, inform and inspire people around the globe through the power of unparalleled storytelling, reflecting the iconic brands, creative minds and innovative technologies that make ours the world’s premier entertainment company.

Executive Leadership

Our senior executives bring tremendous experience, visionary thinking and a shared commitment to excellence, creativity and innovation to the day to day operation of the company.

Leadership

Robert A. Iger

Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board, The Walt Disney Company

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Bob Chapek

Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company

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Alan Bergman

Chairman, Disney Studios Content

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Alan Braverman

Senior Executive Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary, The Walt Disney Company

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Rebecca Campbell

Chairman, International Operations and Direct-to-Consumer, The Walt Disney Company

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Jenny Cohen

Executive Vice President, Corporate Social Responsibility, The Walt Disney Company

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Josh D’Amaro

Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

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Kareem Daniel

Chairman, Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, The Walt Disney Company

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Carlos A. Gómez

Senior Vice President and Treasurer, The Walt Disney Company

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Alan F. Horn

Chief Creative Officer, Disney Studios Content

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Ronald L. Iden

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT AND CHIEF SECURITY OFFICER, The Walt Disney Company

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Diane Jurgens

Executive Vice President, Enterprise Technology and Chief Information Officer, The Walt Disney Company

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Nancy Lee

Senior Vice President and Chief of Staff to the Executive Chairman, The Walt Disney Company

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Christine M. McCarthy

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer, The Walt Disney Company

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Zenia Mucha

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Communications Officer, The Walt Disney Company

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Latondra Newton

SENIOR VICE PRESIDENT, CHIEF DIVERSITY OFFICER, THE WALT DISNEY COMPANY

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James Pitaro

Chairman, ESPN and Sports Content, The Walt Disney Company

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Peter Rice

Chairman, General Entertainment Content, The Walt Disney Company

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Paul Richardson

Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, The Walt Disney Company

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Alicia Schwarz

Senior Vice President and Chief Compliance Officer, The Walt Disney Company

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Lowell Singer

Senior Vice President, Investor Relations, The Walt Disney Company

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Brent Woodford

Executive Vice President, Controllership, Financial Planning and Tax, The Walt Disney Company

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Board of Directors

The Walt Disney Company's Board of Directors hail from renowned global organizations and industries, bringing a diverse range of knowledge, perspective and experience to guide and drive long-term value to the company.

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Robert A. Iger

Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board

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Bob Chapek

Director since 2020

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Susan E. Arnold

Director since 2007

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Mary T. Barra

Director since 2017

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Safra A. Catz

Director since 2018

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Amy L. Chang

Director since 2021

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Francis A. deSouza

Director since 2018

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Michael B.G. Froman

DIRECTOR SINCE 2018

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Maria Elena Lagomasino

DIRECTOR SINCE 2015

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Calvin R. McDonald

Director since 2021

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Mark G. Parker

DIRECTOR SINCE 2016

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Derica W. Rice

DIRECTOR SINCE 2019

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Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

Disney Parks, Experiences and Products is the global hub that brings Disney’s stories, characters, and franchises to life through theme parks and resorts, cruise and vacation experiences, and consumer products—everything from toys to apparel, and books to video games.

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Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution

Comprised of the Company’s international business units and various direct-to-consumer streaming services, Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED) aligns technology, media distribution and advertising sales into a single business segment to create and deliver personalized entertainment experiences to consumers around the world.

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Content Groups

Studios Content

The Studios Content group encompasses a collection of world-class entertainment studios that produce high-quality cinematic storytelling for both theatrical and streaming release. It is also home to Disney Theatrical Productions, producer of popular stage shows on Broadway and around the world.

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General Entertainment Content

The General Entertainment Content group creates original entertainment and news content for the Company’s streaming platforms and its cable and broadcast networks.

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ESPN and Sports Content

The ESPN and Sports Content group acquires and produces ESPN’s live sports programming, as well as sports news and original and non-scripted sports-related content, for The Walt Disney Company’s cable channels, ESPN+, and ABC.

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History of Disney

From humble beginnings as a cartoon studio in the 1920s to its preeminent name in the entertainment industry today, Disney proudly continues its legacy of creating world-class stories and experiences for every member of the family.

1923

Walt Disney signs a contract with M. J. Winkler to produce a series of Alice Comedies. The year marks the start of The Walt Disney Company, first known as the Disney Brothers Cartoon Studio.

1928

Steamboat Willie—the first animated film to star Mickey Mouse and to feature synchronized sound—debuts at the Colony Theatre in New York.

1929

The Disney brothers’ partnership is replaced by four companies: Walt Disney Productions, Ltd.; Walt Disney Enterprises; Liled Realty and Investment Company; and the Disney Film Recording Company.

1932

Flowers and Trees, Disney’s first full-color cartoon and first Academy Award® winner for Cartoon Short Subject, debuts.

1937

Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Disney’s first feature-length animated film, premieres at the Carthay Circle Theatre in Los Angeles, California.

1940

Walt Disney Productions issues its first stock.

1940

The Disney Studio moves to Burbank, California.

1950

Treasure Island, Disney’s first completely live-action feature, opens in theaters.

1950

One Hour in Wonderland, Disney’s first television show, airs.

1952

Walt Disney establishes WED Enterprises.

1955

Disneyland opens.

1964

Mary Poppins, Walt Disney’s most successful live-action feature film, opens in theaters.

1971

Walt Disney World opens.

1982

EPCOT Center (now Epcot) opens.

1983

Tokyo Disneyland, Disney’s first international park, opens.

1983

The Disney Channel begins broadcasting.

1984

Michael Eisner (right) and Frank Wells (left) are named chairman and president of Walt Disney Productions, respectively.

1984

Splash, the first Touchstone film, opens in theaters.

1986

Walt Disney Productions name changes to
The Walt Disney Company.

1987

The first Disney Store opens at the Glendale Galleria in Glendale, California.

1996

Stockholders approve Disney merger with
Capital Cities/ABC.

2005

Robert A. Iger becomes Chief Executive Officer of
The Walt Disney Company.

2006

Disney purchases Pixar Animation Studios.

2009

Disney completes its acquisition of Marvel Entertainment.

2012

Disney completes its acquisition of Lucasfilm.

2015

Star Wars: The Force Awakens is released. It is the first Lucasfilm title released from The Walt Disney Company.

2016

Grand Opening of Shanghai Disney Resort, in Shanghai China.

2018

Disney launches ESPN+

2019

Disney completes its acquisition of 21st Century Fox.

2020

Bob Chapek becomes CEO of The Walt Disney Company and Bob Iger becomes Executive Chairman.