Disney Senior Vice President of Communications Leaving Company After 17 Years

According to Variety, Heather Hust Rivera, the senior vice president of communications at Disney Media & Entertainment Distribution (DMED), is exiting the company after nearly two decades.

The moves come as returning CEO Bob Iger looks to restructure the company following the sudden removal of Bob Chapek. Chapek had himself reorganized Disney with the creation of DMED, with the aim being to focus the company more toward its streaming business. Iger stated more changes were coming after Chapek’s right-hand-man Kareem Daniel gave his resignation shortly after the ousting.

Hust Rivera was named to her role at DMED in March 2021. She oversaw global communications for all of DMED, which included Disney+, Hulu, ESPN+, and Star+ as well as linear television channels including ABC, Disney Channel, ESPN, Freeform, FX, and National Geographic. Her purview also included comms for ABC owned-stations, advertising sales, Disney Music Group, content licensing and distribution, and theatrical film distribution.

She first joined Disney in various publicity roles for the parks and resorts department before moving on to lead all of Disney’s video, web, and social media teams for corporate functions. She also worked for Disney’s consumer products, games and publishing division as the vice president of communications and public relations.