Josh D’Amaro has been named as the new Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products, tasked with overseeing the operation of all Disney resorts including Disneyland Paris.
The position, previously held by Bob Chapek, became vacant after he was announced as successor to Bob Iger and The Walt Disney Company’s new Chief Executive Officer earlier this year.
As Chairman, Josh D’Amaro’s role will entail management of the Disney resorts in America, Paris and Asia, numerous Disney vacation resorts such as Aulani, the Disney Cruise line and other Disney related experiences. Since the divisions merging with Consumer Products in 2018 the role will also include overseeing merchandising and the range of Disney Stores throughout the world and online.
“I’m incredibly proud of the new leadership team at Parks, beginning with the segment’s Chairman, longtime Disney veteran Josh D’Amaro, and his newly announced team of Jeff Vahle, Ken Potrock, Kareem Daniel and Thomas Mazloum,” said Disney CEO Bob Chapek.
“These talented executives played pivotal roles while leading our exceptional cast members during the largest period of growth in the segment’s history, which included the expansion of our parks and resorts around the world, the addition of new attractions including two highly acclaimed Star Wars-themed lands, and a shift to more personalized experiences for guests. And I am confident that as they assume even greater responsibility and pursue new opportunities, these proven leaders will have an even bigger impact on the future of our company.”
The announcement comes as several key reshuffles were made several aspects of the Disney company. Jeff Vahle has been named President of Walt Disney World Resort after previously holding the same position at Disney Signature Experiences. Elsewhere on the US, Ken Potrock has moved from his position at Consumer Products to become President of Disneyland Resort at Anaheim, California.
Josh D’Amaro is an individual with a rich and successful history in the world of Disney Parks. The former Disneyland Resort President oversaw the opening of Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge. D’Amaro was also instrumental in major projects at Disney’s Animal Kingdom, Hong Kong Disneyland and Adventures by Disney. Last year he was made President of Walt Disney World as preparations began for its 50th anniversary.
“I want to thank Bob for giving me this opportunity, and I look forward to following his record of driving innovation, value and growth at Parks.” Josh D’Amaro said upon taking the new role as Chairman.
“I am honored to be able to lead this newly announced team of exceptional senior leaders as we assume our new roles and continue to deliver unforgettable experiences for our guests. Even during this challenging time, the enthusiasm of our dedicated cast members for what we do is unwavering, and my goal is to bring them back to work as soon as possible so they can continue to create that magic.”
This is a pivotal time for Disney Parks as five of the six resorts worldwide remain closed amid the COVID-19 coronavirus pandemic. With his vast experience, familiarity with Disney Parks globally and true passion for the branch of The Walt Disney Company, Josh D’Amaro is an excellent candidate in a promotion receiving unanimous praise from fans.
From a Disneyland Paris perspective this may not seem like much at first glance, but will certainly have major effects on the resort. Although Natacha Rafalski will remain as President of the French resort with Michael Colglazier overseeing the international resorts as President & Managing Director, both will report to D’Amaro.
Josh D’Amaro will begin their tenure under the control of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products with immediate effect.