Disney exec Geoff Morrell out after less than four months

Last week, Mr. DeSantis and other Florida Republican lawmakers revoked a 1967 law that allowed Walt Disney World to operate as its own quasi-government.

“Fortunately, the strength and experience of our existing leadership team – including relatively new recruits – means there is no shortage of talent to guide our reputation functions,” Mr. Chapek said in an email to senior Disney executives on Friday. regarding the departure of Mr. Morell.

Mr. Morrell previously held a similar position at BP, the fossil fuel giant, and served as the Pentagon’s press secretary during the Iraq war. “After three months in this new role, it has become clear to me that for a number of reasons this is not the right fit,” Mr. Morrell said in a memo to his staff at Disney. “I have decided to leave the company to pursue other opportunities. He declined to comment further.

Mr. Morrell’s position at Disney was new. It combined several global functions — communications, public policy, government relations, corporate social responsibility and environmental issues — that had been split among Disney departments. Mr Chapek said in his email that he would not replace Mr Morrell but rather return to the old structure. Most notably, Kristina Schake will become Disney’s chief communications officer. She was hired this month by Mr. Morrell and will now report directly to Mr. Chapek. Ms. Schake’s resume includes leadership positions on Instagram and on Democratic political campaigns and service in the Obama and Biden administrations.

“Kristina has a strategic approach and a collaborative style, as well as an unrelenting optimism and a strong appreciation for our brand and its place in the world,” Mr. Chapek said. “These attributes will be invaluable as she strives to protect and enhance our reputation. »

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