‘Diversity MBA Magazine’ Names Two Disney Executives in its “2014 Top 100 Under 50 Diverse Executive & Emerging Leaders” List

The Walt Disney Company is proud to announce that Leslie Ferraro, executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Travel Operations, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, and Renu Thomas, senior vice president, Technology and Operations, Disney/ABC Networks Group, were recognized in Diversity MBA Magazine’s “2014 Top 100 Under 50 Executives and Emerging Leaders.”

This highly competitive annual list honors individuals’ achievements in the workplace and their respective communities. The leaders were chosen by a selection committee based upon their positions, tenures, contributions to the community in which they live and work and advanced degrees.


As executive vice president, Global Marketing, Sales and Travel Operations for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, Leslie leads the worldwide marketing and sales teams in the development of strategies that drive consumer behavior. Leslie serves as a member of the Executive Committee for the Parks and Resorts segment overall where she helps to envision the next generation of Disney experiences around the world. She is also on the Hong Kong Disneyland Board of Directors. Leslie holds a bachelor’s degree in economics and marketing from George Washington University, a master’s degree in economics from the London School of Economics, an MBA in finance from New York University, and an Executive MBA in marketing from Columbia University.


As senior vice president, Technology and Operations, Disney/ABC Networks Group, Renu Thomas oversees the technical and operational strategic direction and ongoing management of all television functions across U.S. Domestic Disney Channel, Disney XD, Disney Junior, ABC Family, Disney ABC Domestic Television (Syndication), and Radio Disney. Additionally, Renu provides support and collaborates with teams in Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Canada on operational and technical activities involving production, channel origination, satellite asset management, foreign language dubbing, duplication, distribution, advanced technology, studio operations and technical affiliate relations. She graduated from Cornell University with a Bachelor of Science and Master of Engineering in Operations Research and Industrial Engineering.

Creating a diverse and inclusive workforce and workplace is a priority for Disney. We welcome a variety of opinions, ideas, experiences and perspectives to ensure we represent our global marketplace and foster an environment that promotes creativity, innovation, and camaraderie. We congratulate Leslie and Renu for receiving this prestigious honor.