Bob Chapek, a 22-year veteran of The Walt Disney Company, succeeds Tom Staggs as chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Chapek most recently served as president of Disney Consumer Products.
“Bob is stepping into this role at an incredibly dynamic and exciting time for our Parks and Resorts business,” Tom Staggs said. “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.”
Prior to leading Disney Consumer Products, Chapek served as president 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. He also served as president of Walt Disney Studios Home Entertainment, where he spearheaded the successful “vault strategy” for the company’s iconic films and transformed the primary format of home entertainment from DVD to Blu-ray.
“I am grateful for the many opportunities I have had during my years at Disney, and am thrilled to join the incredible Disney Parks organization,” Chapek said. “I look forward to working with the remarkably talented team dedicated to creating magical memories for millions of guests around the world.”