Disney extends CEO Bob Iger's contract through 2026

Jul 12, 2023 in "The Walt Disney Company"

Posted: Wednesday July 12, 2023 5:10pm ET by WDWMAGIC Staff

The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors announced today that Robert A. Iger has agreed to continue to serve as Chief Executive Officer through December 31, 2026.

In voting unanimously to extend Mr. Iger’s contract by two years, the independent members of the Board of Directors noted that Iger’s extension provides continuity of leadership during the Company’s ongoing transformation, and allows more time to execute a transition plan for CEO succession, which remains a priority for the Board.

“Time and again, Bob has shown an unparalleled ability to successfully transform Disney to drive future growth and financial returns, earning him a reputation as one of the world’s best CEOs,” said Mark G. Parker, Chairman, The Walt Disney Company. “Bob has once again set Disney on the right strategic path for ongoing value creation, and to ensure the successful completion of this transformation while also allowing ample time to position a new CEO for long-term success, the Board determined it is in the best interest of shareholders to extend his tenure, and he has agreed to our request to remain Chief Executive Officer through the end of 2026.”

“Since my return to Disney just seven months ago, I’ve examined virtually every facet of our businesses to fully understand the tremendous opportunities before us, as well as the challenges we’ve been facing from the broader economic environment and the tectonic shifts in our industry. On my first day back, we began making important and sometimes difficult decisions to address some existing structural and efficiency issues, and despite the challenges, I believe Disney’s long-term future is incredibly bright,” said Iger. “But there is more to accomplish before this transformative work is complete, and because I want to ensure Disney is strongly positioned when my successor takes the helm, I have agreed to the Board’s request to remain CEO for an additional two years. The importance of the succession process cannot be overstated, and as the Board continues to evaluate a highly qualified slate of internal and external candidates, I remain intensely focused on a successful transition.”

Iger returned to the company in November of 2022 after serving as CEO and Chairman from 2005 to 2020, and then as Executive Chairman and Chairman of the Board through 2021. Since returning as CEO, he has led a significant, enterprise-wide transformation to restore creativity to the center of the company and position Disney’s streaming business for sustained growth and profitability. Throughout his time as the company’s chief executive, Iger’s strategic vision has focused on three fundamental pillars: generating the best creative content possible; fostering innovation and utilizing the latest technology; and expanding into new markets across the globe.

Iger first became Chief Executive Officer of Disney in October 2005 and was elected Chairman in 2012. From 2000-2005, he served as Disney’s President and Chief Operating Officer. Iger officially joined the Disney senior management team in 1996 as Chairman of the Disney-owned ABC Group, and in 1999 was given the additional responsibility of President, Walt Disney International. He began his career at ABC in 1974.

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Sirwalterraleigh22 hours ago

Actually it’s only been 2 months…we are well positioned to be below the Chappie line by 3 😎

Sirwalterraleigh22 hours ago

Down 22% since Nelly pumped it and made off with a $1,000,000,000 for he and Ike… So who “won” again?

monothingie22 hours ago

It's been a glorious 3 2 months since the annual shareholders meeting, and thanks to Bob's stoic leadership, the stock is only down around 20% having just dipped bellow $100 a share.

Sirwalterraleigh15 days ago

The great thing about rich people is even when they “lose”…they win https://variety.com/2024/biz/news/nelson-peltz-sells-all-disney-stock-proxy-fight-1236019099/amp/

MR.DisMay 07, 2024

And remember, it is not valued as of today but as of the date they made the agreement. It already appears for all the smoke that Hastings was blowing, the value is not going to that much higher -- whatever value is decided Comcast gets one third minus of course whatever they already were paid. So on the high end it could be 3B, Hastings was making noises back in a day they could be getting 10+ billion more. Looks like he was drawing to an inside straight and we gamblers all know what happens in that case LOL.

MisterPenguinMay 06, 2024

The difference between the two valuations is about $12B. So, even using the highest valuation, Disney would be on the hook for paying Comcast another $3B. It could also mean nothing more if the third valuation was at the minimum.

ToTBellHopMay 06, 2024

I’d be happy to independently value it for them and I only cost $50.

DCBakerMay 06, 2024

Reuters reports Disney and Comcast are now in talks to hire an investment bank that will independently value Hulu. NEW YORK, May 6 (Reuters) - Walt Disney (DIS.N),and Comcast (CMCSA.O), are seeking to hire a financial adviser to resolve a dispute over how to value the 33% stake in streaming platform Hulu that the former will acquire from the latter, according to people familiar with the matter. The move is in accordance with a deal the companies struck for Hulu last year. It is an action their contract foresees if JPMorgan Chase (JPM.N), which provided a fairness opinion on Hulu for Disney, and Morgan Stanley, which provided such an opinion for Comcast, are too far apart in their valuation assessments. JPMorgan has valued Hulu for Disney at close to $27.5 billion, which is the floor valuation for Hulu that the companies had set as part of their 2019 "put-call" agreement, one of the sources said. Morgan Stanley valued Hulu for Comcast at more than $40 billion, another source said. Disney and Comcast are now in talks to hire an investment bank that will independently value Hulu, the sources said, requesting anonymity because the matter is confidential. Hulu, which boasts popular original titles such as "Shogun", "The Bear", "Prey", and "Only Murders in the Building", had 49.7 million subscribers at the end of Dec 2023, representing a growth of 2% from the September quarter. In remarks at a Goldman Sachs conference last year, Comcast CEO Brian Roberts called Hulu a "scarce kingmaker asset" that is "way more valuable today" than when the deal was initially struck. Disney has already completed the addition of Hulu to its Disney+ streaming service, which is home to titles such as "Moana" and "Frozen." In regulatory filings last year, Disney and Comcast had outlined that if the valuation reached by their two banks were within 10% of each other, a deal will be consummated at a valuation that is the average of the two appraisals. Since the two appraisals are more than 10% apart, Comcast and Disney are jointly in talks to pick a third bank to do an independent appraisal, the sources said. As per the terms of the agreement, if the third appraisal is closest to the valuation of that produced by Disney's bank, the average of those two valuations will be the value at which the deal gets done. Similarly, if the third appraisal is closest to the valuation of that produced by Comcast's bank, the average of those two valuations is the value at which the deal gets done. If the average of the third appraisal is below $27.5 billion, the final valuation will be $27.5 billion. In 2019, Disney and Comcast signed an agreement for Hulu with an option strike date of January 2024, after Disney's $71 billion takeover of Fox's assets, including its minority stake in Hulu. The deal gave Disney majority control over Hulu as it already owned a 33% stake in the streaming service. Comcast retained its stake in Hulu at the time believing that its value would increase significantly by 2024. In November last year, Disney agreed to take full control of Hulu and pay Comcast at least $8.6 billion for the remaining 33% stake, after Comcast triggered the deal as part of the 2019 agreement. https://www.reuters.com/business/media-telecom/disney-comcast-seek-advisor-resolve-hulu-valuation-sources-say-2024-05-06/

SirwalterraleighApr 19, 2024

I’ve got a boot ready for the kick

JoeCamelApr 19, 2024

They wanted to throw Bob out the window? ;) :cool::hilarious:

SirwalterraleighApr 19, 2024

What are you two enlightened Renaissance men carrying on about?

Casper GutmanApr 19, 2024

Turns out the anti-Peltz crowd did exactly what they said they would - they went back to criticizing Iger and skeptically discussing potential expansion plans.