If you are a Disney fan, you surely know Bob Iger. The former Disney CEO ran the company for 15 years before handing it over to his successor, Bob Chapek. Iger currently sits as Executive Chairman of The Walt Disney Company and Chairman of the Board of Directors.
Now, in his final months before stepping away from Disney, Iger is sharing how he is spending the end of his time with the company. According to Deadline, Iger shared:
“I’m doing a little bit of teaching, a little bit of leading by example, a little bit of cajoling. And I imagine that in these next few months, I’ll end up slowly becoming less and less relevant. It is pretty interesting when you suddenly lose that title, your emails start to slow down and certainly the phone calls don’t come as often and it’s pretty clear someone else is running the company. It’s actually pretty interesting from a human perspective, and I don’t mean that negatively at all. It’s just an interesting dynamic.”
It seems that Iger is not yet used to the slower pace that his current role entails, which is quite understandable considering he led the company for well over a decade. After acquiring Pixar (2006), Marvel (2009), Lucasfilm (2012), 21st Century Fox (2019), as well as launching the insanely successful Disney+, Iger’s workload would have significantly decreased once he took a step back from the company’s top position.
That being said, it seems that Iger is ready to move on from Disney. He told Deadline:
“I am excited about life after Disney. I felt very strongly in moving on, and just seeing what was on the other side. It had nothing to do with being tired. It had nothing to do with frustration.”
Considering the amount of success Iger has brought to the company, particularly in the realm of IP acquisition, moving on with that reputation definitely sounds like the ideal goal for any CEO.
If you want to learn more about Iger’s life, you can read his New York Times best-selling book, “The Ride of a Lifetime: Lessons Learned from 15 Years as CEO of The Walt Disney Company”.
Are you sad to see Bob Iger leave the Walt Disney Company?