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

Chief Executive Officer, The Walt Disney Company

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Tinisha Agramonte

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

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Asad Ayaz

Chief Brand Officer, The Walt Disney Company and President, Marketing, The Walt Disney Studios and Disney+

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Alan Bergman

Co-Chairman, Disney Entertainment, The Walt Disney Company

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David L. Bowdich

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

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Sonia Coleman

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

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Josh D’Amaro

Chairman, Disney Experiences

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Carlos A. Gómez

Executive Vice President, Corporate Finance & Treasurer, The Walt Disney Company

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Horacio Gutierrez

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

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Hugh Johnston

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

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Jolene Negre

Associate General Counsel and Secretary, The Walt Disney Company

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James Pitaro

Chairman, ESPN, The Walt Disney Company

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Alexia S. Quadrani

Executive Vice President, Investor Relations, The Walt Disney Company

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Kristina Schake

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

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Dana Walden

Co-Chairman, Disney Entertainment, 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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Mark G. Parker

Chairman of the Board

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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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Jeremy Darroch

DIRECTOR SINCE 2024

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Francis A. deSouza

Director since 2018

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Carolyn N. Everson

DIRECTOR SINCE 2022

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Michael B.G. Froman

DIRECTOR SINCE 2018

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James P. Gorman

Director since 2024

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Robert A. Iger

Director since 2022

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Maria Elena Lagomasino

DIRECTOR SINCE 2015

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Calvin R. McDonald

Director since 2021

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Derica W. Rice

DIRECTOR SINCE 2019

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Disney Entertainment

Disney Entertainment includes the company’s full portfolio of entertainment media and content businesses globally, including streaming.

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For the General Entertainment press site, click here.


ESPN

ESPN includes ESPN networks, ESPN+, and the company’s international sports channels.

For the ESPN press site, click here.


Disney Experiences

Disney Experiences 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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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.

1996

Stockholders approve Disney merger with
Capital Cities/ABC.

2005

Disneyland Resort launches the Happiest Homecoming on Earth to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the first Disney theme park.

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.

2019

Disney+ launches a new era of Disney entertainment.

2020

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

2021

"The World’s Most Magical Celebration" kicks off to celebrate the 50th anniversary of Walt Disney World Resort.

2022

The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors appoints Bob Iger Chief Executive Officer.