Bob Iger Reportedly Being Considered for Ambassadorship by the Biden Administration
Could Bob Iger be on his way from the Magic Kingdom to the United Kingdom? A new report suggests so.
According to The Hollywood Reporter‘s Tatiana Siegel, the administration of President-Elect Joe Biden is considering The Walt Disney Company’s executive chairman and former CEO for ambassadorship to either the UK or China, reportedly being “at the top of [their] wish-list.” Should he accept a position, Iger would have to depart Disney ahead of his planned December 2021 timeline. Spokespeople for both Disney and the Biden team have yet to confirm the consideration.
Iger has made no secret about his interest in joining the administration, saying in a recent interview, “giving back in some fashion—serving our country in some fashion—is certainly something that I would consider seriously… but a lot of it would depend on what it is, what the opportunity is, and whether I thought it would be something that I would both be stimulated by and be good at.” He’s also been a major donor to the Biden campaign, donated $250,000 to The Biden Victory Fund.
In a bit of a twist, former Disney executive Jeffrey Katzenberg is also reportedly being considered to be an ambassador, though no countries were named for a possible destination. Other names being tossed around include Matt Walden, Walt Disney Television chairman Dana Walden’s husband, for a position in Europe, as well as Nicole Avant, former ambassador to the Bahamas under President Obama and the wife of Netflix co-CEO and chief content officer Ted Sarandos.
Under Iger’s leadership, Disney has made significant strides in China, opening the mainland’s first Disney park, Shanghai Disneyland, in 2016, while a position in the UK could revive Iger’s hopes of running for President. Five ambassadors to the country have also served as Commander in Chief, including John Adams and James Buchanan.
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