Meg Crofton, President, Operations, US and France to retire in June 2015

Dec 09, 2014 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Tuesday December 9, 2014 6:12pm EST by WDWMAGIC Staff

35 year Walt Disney Company veteran Meg Crofton has announced her intention to retire next year.

60 year old Crofton will leave her position as President, Operations, US and France to retire on June 1 2015. No successor has yet been announced, with the company having nearly 6 months to fill the position that was created for Crofton in July 2011. Meg had previously served for 5 years as President of the Walt Disney World Resort.

In a short interview with an internal Disney publication, Meg shares some thoughts on retirement, and a reflection of her achievements with the company.

Why did you decide to retire?
Well, I never really had a plan for retirement. But I did, over the years, develop a couple of guiding principles. One of the most important was that I wanted to leave while I still had plenty of juice left for the next chapter in my life. I didn’t think about it very much until my 60th birthday, which was last year.

Looking back on it, I realize that it was a decision that I came to very gradually and almost not consciously. I loved what I was doing. I had just made a major move across country and was happily embracing my professional and personal growth opportunities and focusing on our parks and resorts in Florida, California and France. But my husband, Rich, has been retired for some time now, and I became increasingly aware that I really wanted to build our new west coast life with him in San Francisco.

I have so much respect and affection for those I am privileged to work with. As much as I will miss them and the many exciting projects ahead for our Company, the pull to start the next chapter of my life is stronger.

What do you want to do in retirement?
I want to continue my “heart” work of mentoring and helping others, enjoy lots of family time, take advantage of all that my new home city and surrounding countryside offers, do more traveling for pleasure and have a flexible calendar. And I am looking forward to doing all of that!

You have worked closely with your leader, Tom Staggs, for a number of years. Here is what he said:

Anyone who knows Meg knows how much she cares about this company and the dedication she has to anything she does. When she told me a while back about her decision to retire, it was clear that there was conviction in her decision. Her face lit up when she talked about how ready she was to start her next chapter with her husband, Rich. I couldn’t be any happier for her.

There are few people within Parks and Resorts who have inspired as many people and made as significant an impact as Meg has. She has devoted her career to nurturing countless cast members, encouraging them to achieve new heights, coaching them to succeed and helping them down the path, no matter where they wanted it to take them. She has amassed innumerable achievements over the years, literally spanning the globe. And for all that she has accomplished and all of whom she has helped, Meg has done it with an amazing sense of grace and humility, which is what I appreciate and respect the most about her.

Meg is not retiring until June 1, 2015, so we will be naming her successor at a later date. We have many more months to celebrate her and wish her well. I am thrilled that she will be working at Parks and Resorts until then.

Meg, any reaction?
I cannot thank Tom enough for his leadership, friendship, kindness, and unwavering support over the years. I am very excited to be a part of and continue working alongside this tremendous team for the months ahead. I intend to be fully present and enjoy every minute of it!

This is such an amazing company! With the passing of every year, I am more aware and grateful for the blessing of working for an organization whose purpose it is to bring happiness to people and give them cherished memories that last a lifetime. I collect wonderful quotes and found this one years ago…”Memory is a child walking along a sea shore. You can never tell what small pebble it will pick up and store away among its treasured things.” We are so fortunate that at Disney it is their memories with us that our Guests store among their treasured things.

I am deeply proud of every moment I have spent here and feel richly blessed to have had a ringside seat to watch our Company’s special brand of magic touch hearts. I am so excited and confident about the future of our company and the direction of Parks and Resorts. Candidly, it is that excitement that makes my decision to retire so bittersweet.

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disney4life2008Oct 19, 2015

And she got rewarded with a window. Yuck

asianwayJan 21, 2015

Anything to shake the tree is good at this point. Of course they probably just shuffle deck chairs again

Magenta PantherJan 21, 2015

Is that good or bad?

Clamman73Jan 21, 2015

Was this the other shoe that was waiting to drop?

asianwayJan 21, 2015

Looks like Meg's crony, Erin Wallace, is on the way out the door too

GoofyernmostDec 16, 2014

Curious.... Are you having a conversation in your head? What are you talking about? Walt, you must be starting to thaw out, thank you global warming.

Walter Elias DisneyDec 16, 2014

Cast member for 35 years... A dedicated individual for the company... She will be missed.

LAKid53Dec 16, 2014

I wondered what my DVC annual fee at Wilderness was paying for. lol

LAKid53Dec 16, 2014

Didn't think the mention of Disney TP would generate such lively discussion.... ;)

FettFanDec 15, 2014

Meg Crofton Retiring in 2015

ParksAndPixelsDec 15, 2014

That's what the extra markup is for! I mean if I am paying that kinda money per night, I want three ply! "Can you spare a square?"

ChrisFLDec 14, 2014

Is that Disney's new "Best Kept Secret"?

HakunamatataDec 13, 2014

I guess if one doesn't care for the quality of product available to wipe your backside with, one could bring their own.