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Topic: Latest: Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts Name New Presidents

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Wed 1/9/2013 11:59a
This topic is for Discussion of Latest: Walt Disney World and Disneyland Resorts Name New Presidents

Disney has named a new president of both Walt Disney World Resort and Disneyland Resort effective February 1:

George Kalogridis will become president of the Walt Disney World Resort, reporting to Meg Crofton. He has more than 40 years of experience at Walt Disney Parks and Resorts in a number of positions around the world. As president of the Disneyland Resort, he oversaw one of the successful transformation of Disney California Adventure. He has also served in multiple leadership roles at Disneyland Paris, Walt Disney World and Disneyland.

Michael Colglazier will become president of the Disneyland Resort, reporting to Meg Crofton. His Disney career spans more than two decades across several areas of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts, including Operations, Global Development, Disney Photo Imaging, Operations Strategy and Technology and Strategic Planning. For the last several years he has served as head of Disney’s Animal Kingdom where, among other roles, has been instrumental in the early planning and development of our Avatar project. he previously oversaw the creation and growth of Disney's PhotoPass and helped re-energize Innoventions at both Disneyland and Epcot through strategic partnerships.

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DlandDug
Wed 1/9/2013 12:01p
Must. Stay. Positive.
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DlandDug
Wed 1/9/2013 12:02p
Here's the complete press release:
BURBANK, Calif. (Jan. 9, 2013) – Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Tom Staggs today announced key leadership changes across one of the world’s leading providers of family travel and leisure experiences to better position the organization for growth. Effective Feb. 1, Meg Crofton will fully assume her global role as president, Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Operations, U.S. and France – a position she has held since July 2011 – while concurrently serving as president of Walt Disney World. With Meg’s transition complete, George A. Kalogridis is named president of the Walt Disney World Resort, and Michael Colglazier is named president of the Disneyland Resort. Both Kalogridis and Colglazier’s roles are also effective Feb. 1.

“With all that we currently have in flight across our resort destinations in the U.S. and France, the time is right to move forward with this leadership transition,” said Staggs. “This group of Disney veterans has the knowledge and expertise needed to continue delivering on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences that our guests have come to know and expect. I would like to thank Meg for her tireless devotion and the extraordinary contributions serving in both positions, and wish George and Michael the best of luck in their new roles. They both bring a wealth of operational expertise, leadership and passion to these roles, which will contribute to the success of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.”

With the appointment of a Walt Disney World president, Crofton will focus all of her attention to providing strategic oversight of the broader initiatives that impact Disney destinations in the U.S. and France.

Kalogridis brings a tremendous amount of knowledge and expertise to his new role at Walt Disney World, including more than 40 years of experience at Disney parks in a number of positions around the world. Most recently as president of the Disneyland Resort, he oversaw one of the most extensive expansion projects in the Resort’s history -- including the immensely successful transformation of Disney California Adventure. Throughout his career, Kalogridis also has proven himself to be a leader in the travel and leisure industry, as well as a respected partner in the community.

For the last several years, Colglazier has served as head of Disney’s Animal Kingdom where he has been instrumental in the planning and development of an Avatar-themed land. He brings more than two decades of wide-ranging experience to his new role at the Disneyland Resort, including leadership positions in Operations, Global Development, Operations Strategy and Technology and Strategic Planning.

The company also announced several other corresponding changes. As part of the organization’s approach to providing new opportunities and challenges to leaders, each of these transitions is designed to give seasoned executives the opportunity to broaden their knowledge of the segment’s diverse businesses and operations around the world.

Claire Bilby will relocate to Paris as senior vice president, Sales and Marketing Disneyland Paris and Europe, reporting to Leslie Ferraro, executive vice president of Global Marketing and Sales and Philippe Gas, CEO of Euro Disney S.A.S. Bilby has held a variety of executive positions around the world, including several in sales and marketing, and most recently she has been instrumental in leading the Disney Vacation Club business, making it a priority to deliver an exceptional experience to the more than 175,000 Member families.

As a result of Bilby’s new position, Ken Potrock has been named senior vice president and general manager, Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney, reporting to Karl Holz, president of New Vacation Operations and Disney Cruise Line. Throughout his Disney career, Potrock has been a leader in a wide array of Parks and Resorts businesses, and has become known as a creative catalyst with deep experience in marketing and operations. Most recently leading both the sports and Downtown Disney organizations, his leadership abilities have been apparent with the sports business and the unprecedented growth of the Walt Disney World Marathon Weekend.
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TP2000
Wed 1/9/2013 12:55p
Hmm....

Animal Kingdom. Where they can't/won't keep the Yeti working at their signature E Ticket. And where the rest of the small handful of rides gather dust by the inch and slip quietly into irrelevance with each passing year while they flog an upcharge "experience" for small groups of DVC owners and concierge hotel guests. Not a good resume builder for Colglazier.

At 45 years old Colglazier is younger than Kalogridis. So I wonder just what exactly he did at the dusty and musty Animal Kingdom to get him promoted?
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DlandDug
Wed 1/9/2013 1:12p
"He previously oversaw the creation and growth of Disney's PhotoPass and helped re-energize Innoventions at both Disneyland and Epcot through strategic partnerships."

PhotoPass. That's the ticket.
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Dr Hans Reinhardt
Wed 1/9/2013 1:13p
Oh boy, it's time to cue the Worry Warts.
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CuriousConstance
Wed 1/9/2013 1:15p
I hate photopass.

No offense Michael!
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CuriousConstance
Wed 1/9/2013 1:16p
I hate photopass.

No offense Michael!
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CuriousConstance
Wed 1/9/2013 1:17p
The key is to never care who runs what, then when there are changes announced you won't know who the hell anyone is talking about, so it won't mean anything to you.
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Dr Hans Reinhardt
Wed 1/9/2013 1:58p
I've never used Photopass, and I'm not even sure if I know what it is. I tend to steer clear of anything that remotely looks like a scheme to get money out of my pockets.

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