In a sense, Iger is the flip side of Eisner, who had little compunction about roiling the corporate waters and seeking the spotlight. Iger is known for being more collegial than combative, a man who hopes to create a calmer environment in a company that has been through much upheaval in recent years.
In keeping with Hollywood's tradition of never kick 'em while they're up, public criticism of Iger is hard to come by. Even some people who had only good things to say about Iger called his office for clearance before returning a reporter's calls.
Privately, however, some who have worked with Iger question whether he has the creative chops to replace Eisner, who since 1984 has guided Disney's revenue growth from $1.5 billion a year to more than 20 times that much. While they rate Iger high on hard work and likability, they are less enthusiastic about his prospects as CEO.
One former associate described Iger as more technocrat than visionary. Another questioned whether his "great temperament and people skills" would translate to creative leadership.