Disney theme park unit adds executive committee
Rueters - 11/14/05

Disney theme park unit adds executive committee

LOS ANGELES, Nov 14 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co's (DIS.N: Quote, Profile, Research) theme parks unit on Monday said it was reorganizing to create an eight-member executive committee that would develop strategy and report to parks chief Jay Rasulo.

Disney's new Chief Executive Bob Iger has increased responsibilities and powers of the various business segments. The new parks structure is aimed at letting the group rapidly roll out new projects and increase consistency of business practices throughout the unit, Disney said.

Rasulo will also take direct oversight of the parks online operations and of the Imagineering group, which designs attractions.

The committee will include parks human resources head Meg Crofton, international development head Nick Franklin, Imagineering President Don Goodman, public affairs head Leslie Goodman, parks Chief Financial Officer Jim Hunt, who will also be responsible for technology, global marketing head Michael Mendenhall, and Al Weiss, current Walt Disney World president, who will take on a new position as president, Worldwide Operations.
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