Who will be Robert Iger's successor?
Current Chairman and CEO of the Disney empire has made it clear he will retire in 2016. This date precedes the launch of DAK Avatar and any Star Wars footprint in DHS. This begs the question,: Who will be his successor? For all of his critics, Michael Eisner held Disney's senior post for better than twenty years. Which by today's corporate standard is impressive. So who will follow Mr. Iger? Who will have the BRASS to run a multi-national model in an aggressive CONTENT market?
I thought it was going to be an internal choice, between Jay Rasulo and Tom Staggs. I don't know that Disney needs an Eisner-like external shake-up now. Not with Steve Burke (the most likely outsider) in full control of NBCU.
Shame on you TH! We need to keep Katzenberg as far away from Disney as possible. The man nearly screwed up many things, most notably Toy Story. Let him stay at Dreamworks where he can milk franchises dry with 20 sequels.
I believe that Disney will return to the Walt and Roy, or equally Wells and Eisner, way of operation. A creative and business head running the operation. So if I were to follow through on that, I would place Staggs in the CEO role with a Creative taking up the Chairman role. Disney has brought in a number of creatives through recent acquisitions so it could literally be anyone from Lasseter to Feige (Marvel). However, I have a hunch that it’s between Alan Horn and Kathleen Kennedy that will take over the creative side. If I had to bet, I would pick Kennedy based on Horn having already retired in the past, and people like Lasseter already working with a full timetable. Not to mention Kennedy is very close to Spielberg and many other high profile producers and directors in Hollywood.
Note to Mr. Partridge: That was an EXCEELENT post. I don't agree with everything you wrote but it was well-written and certainly indicative of your knowledge of the company.
The problem with Lasseter leading the company is his lack of business knowledge, and I presume, interest. What care should he have over new taxation laws in India or battling activist investors who want the annual dividend increased again. These kind of things affect the overall business and stop at the CEOs desk. Lasseter is a great leader within the creative fields at Disney. In his current capacity, Lasseter can greenlight and halt production across all animation projects, he has a pretty strong say in Imagineering and takes an active interest in most of Disney’s other creative fields - Disney Infinity as an example. Lasseter is probably the most senior creative at the company. I would say a promotion to the CEO role is more of a backward step for him. If anything he could operate in a Chairmanship position - remember Walt was Chairman with Roy the CEO - but again, that involves dealing with the board and the running of the company.
I'm in full agreement with what Jack had to say in regards to Lasseter. Creative people tend to become less than that when they are encumbered with responsibilities that see them staying too much within the straight and narrow. His faculties are best utilized in a creative capacity for the company.
Since you folks cannot agree on who will be taking over as Disney new boss, I will throw my name into the hat… So it’s Mr. Emery for CEO…
Disney CEO Emery. That has a good ring to it.
Thanks Mr. Pastor….
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