2 DEC 2021

Susan Arnold will be the new Chairman of the Board of Disney

A 14-year member of the Disney Board who has served as its independent Lead Director since 2018, Arnold will succeed Robert Iger as Chairman of the Board when he departs the company at the end of the year.

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The Walt Disney Company Board of Directors announced that it has elected Susan Arnold as Chairman of the Board, effective December 31, 2021. A 14-year member of the Disney Board who has served as its independent Lead Director since 2018, Arnold will succeed Robert Iger as Chairman of the Board when he departs the company at the end of the year.

“Susan is an incredibly esteemed executive whose wealth of experience, unwavering integrity, and expert judgment have been invaluable to the company since she first joined the Board in 2007. Having most recently served as independent Lead Director, Susan is the perfect choice for Chairman of the Board, and I am confident the company is well-positioned for continued success under her guidance and leadership. It has been a distinct honor to work with Susan and our many other talented directors, and I am incredibly grateful for the support and wise counsel they have provided during my tenure,”  Iger said.

“On behalf of the Board, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Bob Iger for his extraordinary leadership over the past decade-and-a-half. Bob has led Disney to amazing heights both creatively and financially, with his clear strategic vision for delivering high-quality branded storytelling, embracing cutting-edge technology, and expanding internationally, and he’s left an indelible mark on The Walt Disney Company that will be felt for generations to come. As I step into this new role as Chairman of the Board, I look forward to continuing to serve the long-term interests of Disney’s shareholders and working closely with CEO Bob Chapek as he builds upon the company’s century-long legacy of creative excellence and innovation,”  Arnold declared.

Arnold brings to her role extensive public-company board experience and in-depth knowledge of brand management and marketing; environmental sustainability; product and business development; international consumer markets; finance; and executive and risk management. She was formerly an operating executive of the equity investment firm The Carlyle Group, where she served from 2013 to 2021.

Iger has served as Chairman of the Board since 2012, and as Disney’s Executive Chairman since 2020, directing the company’s creative endeavors. From 2005-2020 he led Disney as Chief Executive Officer. During his tenure, Iger built Disney into one of the world’s largest and most admired media and entertainment companies. As CEO, he expanded on Disney’s rich history of unforgettable storytelling with the acquisitions of Pixar (2006), Marvel (2009), Lucasfilm (2012), and 21st Century Fox (2019).