Breaking News: Disney Fires Chapek, Iger to Return as CEO

The Walt Disney Co. announced that Bob Chapek will step down as CEO with Bob Iger returning to lead the company. The decision was announced Sunday night.

“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 Susan Arnold, chairman of the board, 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.”

Iger even acknowledged in an email to Disney employees Sunday that he is returning “with an incredible sense of gratitude and humility — and, I must admit, a bit of amazement.”

Iger To Return as CEO

Iger “has agreed to serve as Disney’s CEO for two years, with a mandate from the Board to set the strategic direction for renewed growth and to work closely with the Board in developing a successor to lead the Company at the completion of his term,” the board said.

“I am extremely optimistic for the future of this great company and thrilled to be asked by the Board to return as its CEO,” Iger said in a statement. “Disney and its incomparable brands and franchises hold a special place in the hearts of so many people around the globe—most especially in the hearts of our employees, whose dedication to this company and its mission is an inspiration. I am deeply honored to be asked to again lead this remarkable team, with a clear mission focused on creative excellence to inspire generations through unrivaled, bold storytelling.” 

The glaring questions that we have is why did the board renew Chapek’s contract in June, and why did it take so long to remove him? More to come as this story develops.

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Ron Hayeck

Ron Hayeck

Ron is the founder of Mickey World Travel and loves everything about Disney Parks and Walt Disney, himself. When he's not planning a trip, he's on a Disney vacation or reading about Disney destinations.

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