BREAKING: Bob Iger’s Heir Apparent, Tom Staggs to Leave Disney Company

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From the Hollywood Reporter:

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Thomas Staggs, named the chief operating officer at Disney last February, is unexpectedly stepping down from the role, the company said Monday.

“Tom has been a great friend and trusted colleague for more than 20 years,” said CEO Bob Iger in a statement. “He’s made important contributions to this company, earning wide respect across the organization for his achievements and personal integrity. I’m proud of what we’ve accomplished together, immensely grateful for the privilege of working with him, and confident that he will be enormously successful in whatever opportunity he chooses.”

“Disney truly stands alone, not only because of the company’s phenomenal creativity, but also because of the thousands of remarkable people who make it such an extraordinary place,” said Staggs in a statement. “It’s been a privilege to work with them and be inspired by their creativity and commitment. It’s also been a great experience to work with Bob during this dynamic era of unprecedented growth and transformation. I remain grateful for that opportunity, and I’m confident that Disney’s future will be just as exciting as its legendary past.”

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Tom Corless

Tom has been regularly visiting the Walt Disney World® Resort from the time he was 4 months old. While he has made countless visits in the last 28 years, he did not become a truly active member in the Disney fan community until the summer of 2007, when he decided to launch the WDW News Today website and podcast. Tom has since become an Orlando-local and is a published author on Walt Disney World.
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    • Sounds like Disney is going external, but Kennedy could be a good move.

      She’s definitely got the movie side of the business down! But I think the board is likely concerned about diminishing cable/ESPN revenues and how to combat that; whether Kennedy is skilled in this area is less known.

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