The Walt Disney Company, in the midst of probably the most challenging environment in the company’s history, yesterday announced a number of changes in the corporate leadership team – including the Disneyland Resort, comprised of Disneyland and Disney California Adventure, three resort hotels and Downtown Disney, the 20-acre entertainment, retail and shopping district.
Josh D’Amaro was named chairman of Disney Parks, Experience and Products – the division of the entertainment giant that oversees includes six theme parks around the world, the Disney Cruise line, the company’s vacation ownership program, Disney stores and e-commerce, and the world’s top licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps.
D’Amaro had served as head ot the Walt Disney Resort in Orlando prior to his promotion, and was president of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim prior to that. D’Amaro succeeds Bob Chapek, who earlier this year assumed the role of Cheif Executive Officer of the Walt Disney Company.
Disneyland Resort President Rebecca Campbell has been promoted to Chairman Of Disney’s Direct-To-Consumer And International. In this role, the 23-year company veteran will oversee the company’s streaming businesses globally, including Disney+—which this month reached 54.5 million paid subscribers less than six months after its launch—as well as ESPN+, Hulu and Hotstar. Her portfolio will also include the Walt Disney Company’s international businesses, including Disney’s International Channels, Fox Networks International and Star India. Campbell headed up Europe, the Middle East and Africa for this division prior to taking the reins at the Disneyland Resort.
Succeeding Campbell as president of the Disneyland Resort is Ken Potrock, a 25-year company veteran. Potrock comes over from the company’s Consumer Products, where he served as president.
“I’m grateful for the opportunity to join the remarkable team at Walt Disney’s original park,” said Mr. Potrock. “This Resort holds a special place in the hearts of our Guests around the world – a responsibility that we all take very seriously, and we will continue to build on that foundation by delivering unforgettable experiences, while creating memories that last a lifetime.”