BURBANK, Calif., January 14, 2016 — The Walt Disney Company announced today that Martha Welborne has joined the Company as Senior Vice President, Real Estate & Global Facilities, reporting to Christine M. McCarthy, Senior Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.
In this role, Ms. Welborne will drive the Company’s overall real estate strategy while overseeing all real estate development, design, construction, asset management, portfolio management, and facilities support and services.
“Ms. Welborne’s proven track record of bringing multiple stakeholders together on large scale projects makes her especially well-suited to her new role at Disney,” said Christine McCarthy. “Her experience positions her perfectly to lead our real estate strategy, working with various Disney businesses and external providers to deliver best-in-class service.”
Ms. Welborne most recently served as Chief Planning Officer for Countywide Planning for the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). In her role at the MTA, she was responsible for planning the long-range future of transportation in Los Angeles County and managing all regional capital development and real estate activities. Before joining the MTA, Ms. Welborne was Managing Director of the Grand Avenue Committee, where she was responsible for creating a vision for, and implementing improvements to, the cultural and civic core of downtown Los Angeles.
Ms. Welborne earned a Bachelor’s degree in Architecture from the University of Notre Dame, and Master’s degrees in both Architecture and City Planning from Massachusetts Institute of Technology.