As Chairman of Disney Media and Entertainment Distribution, Kareem Daniel oversees Disney’s vast content commercialization and distribution ecosystem that delivers the Company’s unparalleled storytelling to audiences worldwide.
Under his leadership, the Media and Entertainment Distribution segment is responsible for the monetization of Disney’s content around the world. This entails P&L management and operation of the Company’s portfolio of streaming services including Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+ and the upcoming international general entertainment offering, Star; its linear television channels and the ABC-owned stations; theatrical film distribution; content licensing and distribution; and global advertising sales.
Using a wealth of consumer insights from across The Walt Disney Company, Mr. Daniel and his organization make content investment and distribution decisions to maximize audience engagement and commercial impact across platforms, collaborating with creative leaders in Disney’s Studios, General Entertainment, and Sports organizations.
In his previous role as President of Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, Mr. Daniel led the business in creating and delivering products across a variety of channels from the Company’s vast array of retail, wholesale and e-commerce partners to Disney stores, shopDisney, and Disney Parks. In addition to managing the world’s largest licensing organization spanning numerous categories, he also oversaw the Company’s games and interactive experiences businesses, as well as Disney Publishing Worldwide, a leading publisher of children’s books and magazines.
Before that, Mr. Daniel was President of Walt Disney Imagineering Operations, Product Creation, Publishing and Games, where he was responsible for helping to transform IP from the various content partners into evergreen franchise properties at Disney’s parks and resorts, including Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge lands at Walt Disney World and Disneyland, Toy Story Land at Walt Disney World and Shanghai Disneyland, Pixar Pier at Disneyland and the upcoming Avengers Campus at Disney California Adventure Park.
He also served as Senior Vice President of Strategy and Business Development for Disney Consumer Products and Interactive Media, and prior to that, as Vice President of Distribution Strategy at Walt Disney Studios, where he worked closely with leadership in developing the Company’s film content distribution strategy across multiple platforms and played a key role in the commercialization of the Studio’s films. Additionally, he held the position of Director of Corporate Strategy, where he worked on a variety of strategic projects across The Walt Disney Company, including the acquisition of Marvel Entertainment in 2009.
Mr. Daniel began his Disney career as an MBA intern, later becoming a Senior Business Planner in Corporate Financial Planning and Analysis. After that, he worked in equity research, as well as investment banking at Goldman Sachs, where he specialized in technology, media & entertainment, and telecommunications, before returning to Disney.
Mr. Daniel earned his Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering and an MBA from Stanford University.