Ben Sherwood Moves Up The Disney Ladder ... Potential CEO
My pick for the person to succeed Robert Iger as Disney CEO just landed a HUGE promotion.
"ABC News President Ben Sherwood has been tapped to take the helm at the Disney-ABC Television Group, one of the most powerful positions in the television industry, Disney chairman Robert Iger announced on Monday.
Sherwood, who has led ABC News through one of its most impressive periods of growth, will assume the new role on Feb. 1, 2015, when Anne Sweeney steps down. Sweeney announced her resignation earlier this month."
As for taking over Bob Iger as CEO, I think it would be too soon after the promotion. Iger is supposedly leaving in 2015/16 so less than a year as head of ABC/Disney wouldn't make any sense - in terms of trying to shake up the division. All bets are off if he's still there in ten years after the next CEO! *cough* better not be Rasulo *cough*
Mr. Sherwood would be a great CEO. Movie experience and extraordinary success at ABC. Interestingly, he has followed the same path as Mr. Iger -- who also served as ABC's president.
At this point, it feels like Iger is leaving Disney the way that Leno left The Tonight Show. The departure keeps moving back.
I completely agree Mr Niles. Eisner - whilst not ever officially stating it - quite clearly made Iger his Number 2 with him taking over as President and COO in 2000. Fast forward to today, where Disney have no clear leader from the current view. With Iger supposedly stepping down in June of 2016 as CEO and Chairman of the company, I don't know if the time frame fits for Sherwood - who is taking over the ABC job in 2015 - to quickly move all the way to the top within a year. If Iger keeps delaying his retirement, even by a year, I think that time frame works. Or equally, Sherwood laying out a brilliant strategy to the Board of producing best in class content to a multitude of platforms.
Both Mr. Sherwood (who [in the interest of full disclosure] was a high school acquaintance of mine [we met at Harvard University ... an absolutely true story]) and Mr. Iger came up through the ranks of ABC television.
"Lucky people pay attention to things ... They are open to opportunities." His words to God's ear.
THIS is who should be Robert Iger's successor!
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