Kevin Mayer is Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Strategy Officer of The Walt Disney Company and oversees Corporate Strategy, Business Development, Acquisitions, Enterprise Information Technology, Innovation, Brand and Franchise Management, and Global Corporate Alliances. He was named to the position in June 2015.
Mr. Mayer most recently served as Executive Vice President, Corporate Strategy and Business Development, where since 2005 he led a team focused on profitable growth opportunities by targeting emerging businesses new to Disney's existing portfolio and evaluating new technology and business models. The group also executes all mergers and acquisitions.
During his tenure, Mr. Mayer has overseen Disney's strategic acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm, Club Penguin and Maker Studios. He also managed Disney's investment in Hungama and UTV in India, enhancing Disney's growth outside of the United States.
In 2009 and 2011, "The Deal" readers named Disney the Most Admired Corporate Dealmaker in the media sector.
Mr. Mayer rejoined Disney from L.E.K. Consulting LLC, where he was a partner and head of the Global Media and Entertainment practice. Prior to L.E.K., Mr. Mayer held leading positions at interactive and Internet businesses, including chairman and CEO of Clear Channel Interactive, where he managed all aspects of new media business, including content, sales, business and technology development, and distribution.
Mr. Mayer first joined Disney in 1993 as Manager, Strategic Planning, where he spearheaded strategy and business development for all of Disney's interactive/Internet and television businesses worldwide. Later, he became Executive Vice President of the Internet group, responsible for the operations, business plans, creative direction and distribution of Disney's popular Web sites, including ESPN.com and ABCNews.com.
Mr. Mayer received his M.B.A. from Harvard University in 1990, and holds a M.S.E.E. from San Diego State University and a B.S.M.E. from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.