BREAKING: Walt Disney Imagineering Management Shake-Up Creates New Roles, New Creative Leaders for Individual Parks and Resorts
An organizational shake-up has taken place over at Walt Disney Imagineering, leading to the creation of new roles and a swapping of creative leaders for individual parks and resorts.
Kareem Daniel, the previous Executive Vice President of Global Business Operations at Walt Disney Imagineering, has now been promoted to the new role of “President, WDI Business Operations, Product Creation, Games, and Publishing” (the end of that title gets really scary, in my opinion). Daniel will continue to report to President of Walt Disney Imagineering, Bob Weis.
A new role is also being created for Walt Disney Imagineering Parks Design & Delivery, who will report to Bob Weiss and Kareem Daniel. This leadership role has yet to be filled, but will focus on parks, resorts, and the Disney Cruise Line, likely in an effort to make sure various projects meet deadlines, something that has been a huge problem in recent memory.
Zach Riddley is currently the Site Portfolio Executive for Walt Disney World. Within Walt Disney Imagineering at Walt Disney World, Chris Beatty is becoming the Walt Disney Imagineering Park Creative Executive for both the Magic Kingdom and Disney’s Hollywood Studios. Joe Rohde will remain WDI Park Creative Executive at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, while Zach Riddley along with Tom Fitzgerald head up EPCOT.
Jeanette Lomboy is the WDI Site Portfolio Executive for the Disneyland Resort, with Scott Trowbridge acting as the WDI Park Creative Executive for both Disneyland Park and Disney California Adventure. Trowbridge will also continue as the creative lead on all Star Wars projects for the entire division.
At the international parks, Daniel Jue is the WDI Park Creative Executive for Tokyo Disneyland and Tokyo DisneySea, with Luc Mayrand in that role for Hong Kong Disneyland, Nancy Seruto at Shanghai Disneyland, and Tom Fitzgerald in charge of both Disneyland Paris and Walt Disney Studios Paris.