id=”article-body” class=”row” section=”article-body”Iger and friend. The illustration is from Time magazine, which last year named the Disney honcho its Businessperson of the Year.
Tim O’Brien/Time Disney’s longtime leader Bob Iger has stepped down as chief executive, effective immediately, Disney said Tuesday. Iger — who spent his entire career at the company and will leave with Disney’s titanic transition to streaming, Disney Plus, capping his legacy — will remain chairman of the Walt Disney Company until the end of next year. Disney’s head of parks, 우아미서버주소 Bob Chapek, is now CEO.
Iger’s time as CEO will forever be marked by the launch of streaming service Disney Plus in his last year leading Disney. The launch was a massive endeavor, involving collaboration across every arm of Hollywood’s biggest giant, and it spurred Disney into its $71.3 billion takeover of Fox to stay competitive. In less than three months, Disney Plus signed up 28.6 million subscribers, an unprecedented number in such a short period of time. One media analyst called it “one of the greatest product launches of all time.”
With those chess pieces now in play, Iger said that “getting everything right creatively” would now be his “No. 1 goal.”
“I could not do that if I were running the company on a day-to-day basis,” Iger said during a Tuesday conference call about the succession. “It just obviously takes that much time and it’s so complex. And so the goal was for me to turn over the day-to-day management of the company to Bob [Chapek] with direct authority over all of our businesses and basically all elements of the company, and free me up just to basically focus on the creative side. It was really that simple.”
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