The top two internal candidates for the COO job are current Disney Parks chairman Tom Staggs and former Disney Parks chairman Jay Rasulo. Rasulo is now the chief financial officer at Disney, which is the job that Staggs held before the two swapped positions in 2010.Tweet
I think this extension of Iger's tenure is a good thing. He done a lot of good things for Disney since Eisner left. He wasn't afraid to acquire a lot of new assets.
As far as theme parks go, California Adventure may be the best way to tell the difference between Eisner and Iger. Eisner opened up California Adventure simply for more profit, not even thinking about what Disney Parks are world famous for. Alongside bad resort management at the time, that was why DCA flunked once it opened. Once Iger stepped in, he realized Disney absolutely HAD to improve DCA, and as a result of adding Buena Vista Street and Cars Land and revamping Paradise Pier, it very quickly gave the park a better image, as Cars Land and Buena Vista Street had much more detail and artistry than the old Sunshine Plaza or the Hollywood Pictures Backlot (now Hollywoodland). Designing a theme park attraction/ land is usually a long process. The lack of competition isn't entirely Disney's fault as Universal is very restless these days, retheming and adding to their theme parks.
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