updated 01/09/2013 5:15PM
Disneyland Resort gets new president
Walt Disney Parks & Resorts,
headquartered in Burbank, is rearranging the leadership of the various
Disney resorts in the U.S. and abroad. George Kalogridis, former
president of the Disneyland Resort in Anaheim, has been appointed to oversee Walt Disney World Resort
in Lake Buena Vista, Fla. Michael Colglazier will succeed Kalogrids as
president of the Disneyland Resort. Also, Meg Crofton has been appointed
the global role of president of Walt Disney Parks & Resorts
Operations for the U.S. and France.
The announcement of the new
appointments comes from Tom Staggs, chairman of Walt Disney Parks and
Resorts, the Walt Disney Co. subsidiary that oversees all four resorts
around the world. Staggs said that “the time is right” to make the
leadership transition at the company.
“This group of Disney
veterans has the knowledge and expertise needed to continue delivering
on our legacy of creating unforgettable experiences that our guests have
come to know and expect,” Staggs said. “I would like to thank Meg for
her tireless devotion and the extraordinary contributions serving in
both positions, and wish George and Michael the best of luck in their
new roles. They both bring a wealth of operational expertise,
leadership and passion to these roles, which will contribute to the
success of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts.”
Colglazier comes to
Anaheim from a leadership position at Disney’s Animal Kingdom at the
Walt Disney World Resort, where he oversaw the planning and development
of a new Avatar-themed land. His career spans more than twenty years of
experience, including leadership roles in operations, global development
and operations strategy.
During Kalogridis’ time as head of the
Anaheim resort he oversaw the largest expansion project in the resort’s
history, which included the Disney California Adventure construction
and opening of the new Cars Land. He brings more than 40 years of
experience at the Walt Disney Company to his new position in Florida
official appointment as president of Walt Disney Resort’s U.S. and
France operations is a role that she has held since July 2011, while
concurrently serving as president of Walt Disney World. Kalogridis’
appointment will enable her to fully focus on the U.S. and France
Other appointments announced at the same time.
Claire Bilby joins sales and marketing, Disneyland Paris and Europe, as
its new senior vice president; Bilby will relocate to Paris as part of
her new role. Ken Potrock has been named senior vice president and
general manager of the Disney Vacation Club and Adventures by Disney.
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