Bob Iger to Return as Disney CEO In Surprising Shake-Up, Bob Chapek Departing news
The Walt Disney Co. is experiencing a major and very unexpected corporate shake-up, as current CEO Bob Chapek is stepping down from his position and being replaced by his
predecessor, Bob Iger. The news was revealed by Disney's board of directors on Sunday. This change takes effect immediately, as Iger returns to a role he only vacated in 2020.
Iger's new contract will see him serve as CEO for the next two years. “We thank Bob Chapek for his service to Disney over his long career, including navigating the company
through the unprecedented challenges of the pandemic,” said Chairman of the Board Susan Arnold in a statement. “The Board has concluded that as Disney embarks on an
increasingly complex period of industry transformation, Bob Iger is uniquely situated to lead the Company through this pivotal period.”LEFT: BOB CHAPEK, RIGHT: BOB IGER (IMAGE
CREDITS: DAVID LIVINGSTON/GETTY IMAGES & SAMIR HUSSEIN/WIREIMAGE/GETTY)This news comes just days after Chapek notified company executives of a new series of cost-cutting
measures, including layoffs, targeted hiring freezes and travel limits. Disney's recent quarterly earnings report showed troubling signs for the company, including a loss of nearly
$1.5 billion in the streaming division, causing the company's stock price to drop to a two-year low. "I am fully aware this will be a difficult process for many of you and your
teams," Chapek said. "We are going to have to make tough and uncomfortable decisions. But that is just what leadership requires, and I thank you in advance for stepping up during
this important time. Our company has weathered many challenges during our 100-year history, and I have no doubt we will achieve our goals and create a more nimble company better
suited to the environment of tomorrow.”Iger previously served as CEO of The Walt Disney Co. from 2005 to 2020. During his tenure, Iger oversaw a period of huge expansion for the
company, including the acquisitions of Pixar, Marvel, Lucasfilm and 21st Century Fox, as well as the launch of the Disney+ streaming service. Chapek previously served as head of
Parks, Experiences, and Products and as Chairman of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts before being promoted to CEO in February 2020.Disney+ Spotlight: November 2022Chapek's brief time
on the job has been marked by various pandemic-related challenges and a fair degree of turmoil, beginning with a major falling-out between Iger and Chapek. Chapek also drew
criticism for his handling of the pay dispute between the studio and Black Widow Scarlett Johansson, as well as his initial response to Florida's controversial "Don't Say Gay"