Carolina Lightcap, a 20-year industry veteran, has been named president of Disney Channels Worldwide. She replaces Rich Ross, who departed in early October to become chairman of Walt Disney Studios. Lightcap joined the Walt Disney Co. in 2000 and most recently served in the dual roles of senior vp programming and creative affairs for Disney Channels Latin America and chief marketing officer for the Walt Disney Co., Latin America. She had been based in Buenos Aires and will relocate to Burbank.

"Carolina has made enormous contributions to Disney over the past decade, especially in launching and building Disney Channel Latin America into the #1 cable channel in the region," said Anne Sweeney, president of Disney/ABC Television Group, to whom Lightcap will report. "She's a highly respected member of our global team and her wealth of experience, leadership acumen and programming, marketing and franchise building skills make her the ideal executive to lead Disney Channels Worldwide into the future."