President and Chief Executive Officer
Robert A. Iger is President and Chief Executive Officer of The Walt Disney Company. Mr. Iger, the sixth CEO in The Walt Disney Company’s 83-year history, was appointed to this post on October 1, 2005.
Previously, Mr. Iger served as President and Chief Operating Officer of The Walt Disney Company, a position he had held since January, 2000. In this role, he oversaw all aspects of the company’s worldwide operations including its filmed entertainment, theme parks and resorts, media networks and consumer products businesses. Mr. Iger also became a member of Disney’s board of directors at this time.
Mr. Iger began his career at ABC in 1974. Over the last 32 years, Mr. Iger has held a series of increasingly responsible senior management positions at the company, including serving as President and Chief Operating Officer of Capital Cities/ABC, where he guided the complex merger of ABC with The Walt Disney Company. ABC saw tremendous growth during Iger’s career there, becoming a market leader in broadcast television and expanding into numerous cable and related ventures. During Mr. Iger’s years with ABC, he oversaw its broadcast television network and stations, radio, publishing and cable television businesses, which includes the market leading brands of ABC, ESPN, Lifetime, A&E and The History Channel. He 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.
Mr. Iger is a member of the board of directors of Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts, Inc. He is a trustee of the American Film Institute Board and serves on the Executive Advisory Board of the Elizabeth Glaser Pediatric AIDS Foundation.
He was born in 1951. Mr. Iger has two daughters and two sons. He is married to television journalist and author, Willow Bay.