It’s been two years full of transition for the Walt Disney Company.
At the beginning of 2020, former Disney CEO Bob Iger announced that he would be stepping down immediately and would be replaced by Bob Chapek. Iger did continue to work with the company as the Chairman of the Board but the beginning of 2022 marked his official retirement. And, with leadership now passed over to Chapek, another former Disney CEO is sharing his thoughts.
In the interview, he shared that he’s “a fan of both Bobs” and revealed that he actually played a role in hiring Chapek back in 1993. Eisner went on to say, “Is he the same executive as I am, or Bob [Iger] is, or anybody is? He is his own guy. He was very good at Disney when I was there. He took our home video business from a rental to a sell-through business. That was very risky. He did a very good job in the parks.”
And, aside from his positive outlook on Chapek’s past success for Disney, he added that as a shareholder, “I think he’s going to do very well.”
Chapek has had to navigate a multitude of obstacles in his first two years as CEO, as he entered the role at the onset of the COVID-19 global pandemic and also oversaw the launch of Disney’s streaming service, Disney+.
Eisner, who currently runs the holding company, Tornante, and invested in Netflix when it was first introduced, stressed that he “wouldn’t discount Disney. Disney went through…this pandemic. That does change a lot of things. I wouldn’t throw away your Disney tickets to the theme parks quite so early.”
Bob Iger has also previously shared his perspective on how the company can move forward in the coming years, the new CEO Bob Chapek, and Disney+.
Chapek recently shared his vision for the future of the Disney Company with Cast Members emphasizing three pillars — storytelling excellence, innovation, and a relentless focus on our audience. This will include things like evolving with technology, establishing a monthly meeting with senior creative leaders to discuss the opportunities they face as a “storytelling enterprise,” and “evolv[ing] with our audience, not work[ing] against them.”
So, it seems that another Disney CEO feels confidence in the passing of the torch to Chapek. Of course, we’ll keep an eye out for other updates and, in the meantime, be sure to stay tuned to AllEars for the latest Disney news!
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