Disney Parks Announces New Leadership: Josh D’Amaro Named Chairman

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Disney just announced the new leadership team for Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products. The news was announced in a press release on Monday.

  • Josh D’Amaro Named Chairman, Disney Parks, Experiences and Products
  • Jeff Vahle Named President, Walt Disney World Resort
  • Ken Potrock Named President, Disneyland Resort
  • Kareem Daniel Named President, Consumer Products, Games and Publishing
  • Thomas Mazloum Named President, Disney Signature Experiences

Former Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products Bob Chapek — who was named Disney CEO earlier this year — shared his congratulations to his new successor, Josh D’Amaro, who was named president of Walt Disney World Resort less than a year before he was given this new role.

“I’m incredibly proud of the new leadership team at Parks, beginning with the segment’s Chairman, longtime Disney veteran Josh D’Amaro, and his newly announced team of Jeff Vahle, Ken Potrock, Kareem Daniel and Thomas Mazloum,” Chapek said. “These talented executives played pivotal roles while leading our exceptional cast members during the largest period of growth in the segment’s history, which included the expansion of our parks and resorts around the world, the addition of new attractions including two highly acclaimed Star Wars-themed lands, and a shift to more personalized experiences for guests. And I am confident that as they assume even greater responsibility and pursue new opportunities, these proven leaders will have an even bigger impact on the future of our company.”

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Disney stated in the press release announcing the new Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products team everything that D’Amaro will be taking over from Chapek.

D’Amaro will oversee Disney’s iconic travel and leisure businesses, which include six theme park-resort destinations in the United States, Europe and Asia; a top-rated cruise line; a popular vacation ownership program; and an award-winning guided family adventure business; and Disney’s global consumer products operations, which include the world’s leading licensing business across toys, apparel, home goods, digital games and apps; the world’s largest children’s print publisher; Disney store locations around the world; and the shopDisney e-commerce platform.

D’Amaro also shared a statement of gratitude in the announcement of his new role. He thanked Chapek for passing the opportunity down to him, and shared how honored he is to lead his new team.

“I want to thank Bob for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to following his record of driving innovation, value and growth at Parks,” D’Amaro said. “I am honored to be able to lead this newly announced team of exceptional senior leaders as we assume our new roles and continue to deliver unforgettable experiences for our guests. Even during this challenging time, the enthusiasm of our dedicated cast members for what we do is unwavering, and my goal is to bring them back to work as soon as possible so they can continue to create that magic.”

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Credit: Josh D’Amaro via IG: @joshdamaro

D’Amaro is known for his care for Disney Cast Members and Guests, so it’s no surprise to many who have closely followed his journey with The Walt Disney Company that he is now the newest chairman of Disney Parks. Before he was named President of Walt Disney World Resort in September 2019, D’Amaro served as President of Disneyland Resort. He has been with Disney since 1998 and has held numerous leaderships at the company.

Disney also announced that in addition to the new roles that were announced today, there are many members on the team who will continue to be a part of Disney Parks, Experiences, and Products.

  • Michael Colglazier, President & Managing Director, Disney Parks International
  • Jill Estorino, Executive Vice President, Marketing and Sales
  • Margaret Giacolone, Chief Counsel
  • Tami Garcia, Senior Vice President, Human Resources and Diversity and Inclusion
  • Alannah Hall-Smith, Senior Vice President, Communications and Public Affairs
  • George Kalogridis, President, Segment Development and Enrichment
  • Kevin Lansberry, Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer
  • Tilak Mandadi, Executive Vice President, Digital and Chief Technology Officer
  • Bob Weis, President, Walt Disney Imagineering

We at Inside the Magic offer our big congratulations to not only Josh D’Amaro in his new role as Chairman of Disney Parks, but also Jeff Vahle as the new President ofWalt Disney World Resort, Ken Potrock as the new President of Disneyland Resort, Kareem Daniel as the new President of Consumer Products, Games and Publishing, and Thomas Mazloum as the new President of Disney Signature Experiences.

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