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New leadership team announced for Disney Parks, Experiences and Products

by Brittani Tuttle

Bob Chapek, chief executive officer of The Walt Disney Company, announced today that a new Disney Parks, Experiences and Products leadership team will be led by Josh D’Amaro, the former president of Walt Disney World Resort.

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D’Amaro will lead the new team as chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products.

“I’m incredibly proud of the new leadership team at Parks, beginning with the segment’s Chairman, longtime Disney veteran Josh D’Amaro, and his newly announced team of Jeff Vahle, Ken Potrock, Kareem Daniel and Thomas Mazloum,” said Chapek. “These talented executives played pivotal roles while leading our exceptional cast members during the largest period of growth in the segment’s history, which included the expansion of our parks and resorts around the world, the addition of new attractions including two highly acclaimed Star Wars-themed lands, and a shift to more personalized experiences for guests. And I am confident that as they assume even greater responsibility and pursue new opportunities, these proven leaders will have an even bigger impact on the future of our company.”

D’Amaro, who most recently was president of Walt Disney World Resort, will succeed Chapek in his new role and will oversee Disney’s travel and leisure businesses, which include six theme park destinations in the U.S., Europe and Asia; the Disney Cruise Line; the Disney Vacation Club; Adventures by Disney; and Disney’s global consumer products operations, which include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s print publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and shopDisney.

“I want to thank Bob for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to following his record of driving innovation, value and growth at Parks,” said D’Amaro. “I am honored to be able to lead this newly announced team of exceptional senior leaders as we assume our new roles and continue to deliver unforgettable experiences for our guests. Even during this challenging time, the enthusiasm of our dedicated cast members for what we do is unwavering, and my goal is to bring them back to work as soon as possible so they can continue to create that magic.”

In addition to D’Amaro’s new position, other key appointments were made to the Disney Parks team:

  • Jeff Vahle, former president of Disney Signature Experiences, has been named president of Walt Disney World Resort
  • Ken Potrock, who was president of Consumer Products, is now president of the Disneyland Resort
  • Kareem Daniel, former president of Walt Disney Imagineering Operations/Product Creation/Publishing/Games, has been named president of Consumer Products, Games and Publishing
  • Thomas Mazloum, who was senior vice president of Resort and Transportation Operations at Walt Disney World Resort, is now president of Disney Signature Experiences

“With Walt Disney World approaching its 50th anniversary, there could not be a more gratifying time to be selected for this role and to work with the incredible team responsible for creating magical memories for millions of guests each year,” said Vahle. “I plan to continue to build on the momentum from Josh’s tenure, bringing even more innovative entertainment and experiences to our guests.”

Rebecca Campbell, who most recently served as the president of the Disneyland Resort, is now the chairman of Direct-to-Consumer and International. She will oversee Disney’s streaming businesses globally, including Disney+. Campbell succeeds longtime Disney executive Kevin Mayer, who is leaving the company to become the chief operating officer of ByteDance and chief executive officer of TikTok.

To learn more about this new Disney Parks team, visit TheWaltDisneyCompany.com.

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Sooz24 May 18, 2020 - 9:30 pm

Just think carefully about what you take away from Disneyland. Many Retro Disney Groups want to keep the original parts of Disneyland and not lose what Walt started. Worst decision made was getting rid of the People Mover! Adventureland obviously is lacking and needs to be upgraded . But Roger Rabbit can go in Toontown. The reason the Park got rid of the Redhead in a Pirates Ride and kept Jessica Rabbit is mind boggling! The Cartoon was a one hit wonder (not).

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