Bob Iger Returns to Disney as CEO

Iger will remain in the role for two years.
License Global

November 21, 2022

The Walt Disney Company logo.
The Walt Disney Company logo.Disney

The Walt Disney Company has announced that Robert A. Iger is returning to lead

Disney

as chief executive officer, effective immediately. Iger, who spent more than four decades at the company, including 15 years as its chief executive officer, has agreed to serve as Disney’s chief executive officer for two years, with a mandate from the board to set the strategic direction for renewed growth and to work closely with the board in developing a successor to lead the company at the completion of his term. Iger succeeds Bob Chapek, who has stepped down from his position.

“We thank Bob Chapek

for his service to Disney over his long career, including navigating the company through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic,” says Susan Arnold, chairman of the board. “The board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an increasingly complex period of industry transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely situated to lead the company through this pivotal period. Mr. Iger has the deep respect of Disney’s

senior leadership team, most of whom he worked closely with until his departure as executive chairman 11 months ago, and he is greatly admired by Disney employees worldwide – all of which will allow for a seamless transition of leadership.” 

The position of chairman of the board remains unchanged, with Arnold serving in that capacity. 

“I am extremely optimistic for the future of this great company and thrilled to be asked by the board to return as its chief executive officer,” says Iger. “Disney and its incomparable brands and franchises hold a special place in the hearts of so many people around the globe – most especially in the hearts of our employees, whose dedication to this company and its mission is an inspiration. I am deeply honored to be asked to again lead this remarkable team, with a clear mission focused on creative excellence to inspire generations through unrivaled, bold storytelling.” 

During his 15 years as CEO, from 2005 to 2020, Iger expanded on Disney’s legacy of storytelling with the acquisitions of

Pixar

,

Marvel

,

Lucasfilm

and

21st Century Fox

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