Bob Chapek has been named the new chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.
A 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, Chapek served as president of Disney Consumer Products since 2011, driving a technology-led transformation of the Company’s consumer products, retail and publishing operations.
“Under Bob’s leadership, Consumer Products has seen great success, focusing on brands and a franchise-driven strategy while launching new products and retail experiences that combine technological innovation and creativity,” said Robert A. Iger, chairman and chief executive officer at The Walt Disney Company.
“He is an experienced and versatile executive well-suited to lead parks and resorts into the future.”
Chapek succeeds Thomas O. Staggs, who was named Disney’s chief operating officer earlier this month.
Staggs added: “Bob is stepping into this role at an incredibly dynamic and exciting time for our Parks and Resorts business.
“The ongoing construction of Shanghai Disney Resort as well as the new Avatar-themed land at Walt Disney World continues an era of unprecedented growth and historic expansion.”
Chapek said: “I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had during my years at Disney, and am thrilled to join the incredible Disney Parks organisation.
“I look forward to working with the remarkably talented team dedicated to creating magical memories for millions of guests around the world.”
Prior to leading Disney Consumer Products, Chapek was resident of distribution for The Walt Disney Studios from 2009 to 2011, and was responsible for overseeing the Studios’ overall content distribution strategy across multiple platforms including theatrical exhibition, home entertainment, pay TV, digital entertainment and new media.
Chapek has also served as president of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, where he spearheaded the successful ‘vault strategy’ for the company’s films and transformed the primary format of home entertainment from DVD to Blu-ray.