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    Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club, was Fired

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    There is no reason given, but rumors on the Internet point to it having to do with Aulani sales not following proper procedure. Of course, will all the management changes, could be another example of changes to the structure again. Again, just hearsay but he is definitely fired, to be replaced by someone "in the near future."

    Disney Vacation Club: Jim Lewis, president of Disney Vacation Club, loses his job - OrlandoSentinel.com
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    Re: Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club, was Fired

    Wow, To the unemployment line for another!

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    Re: Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club, was Fired

    Quote Originally Posted by Joshnyah View Post
    Wow, To the unemployment line for another!
    At least a Disney exec that heads to the unemployment line probably stands there with a very well padded bank account unlike most others.
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    Re: Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club, was Fired

    Quote Originally Posted by DisneylandTraveler View Post
    At least a Disney exec that heads to the unemployment line probably stands there with a very well padded bank account unlike most others.
    Not sure where that comes from. Disney, especially Disney Parks, rarely has layoffs. Back in 2009, when Disney had general layoffs company wide, the execs and top level management were the first to get the axe. Entry level and lower level empoyees were the last ones to get layoffs, and their ratio was quite low. Which was good for me, because it was during the post-layoff period when I joined the company.

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    Re: Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club, was Fired

    Just got an email from DVC, the new Senior Vice President is Claire Bilby. According to the email,

    "She recently served as Senior Vice President of Distribution Marketing and Asia Pacific Sales for Walt Disney Parks and Resorts. Among her responsibilities were leading all sales channel marketing for Walt Disney World Resort, Disneyland Resort, Disney Cruise Line, Walt Disney Travel Company, Adventures by Disney and Disney Institute. She also served as the top sales leader for Disney Destinations' Asia Pacific Region, with responsibilities for Hong Kong Disneyland, Disney's regional sales office in Tokyo and sales offices in Australia and China. Most recently, Claire led the sales organization at Disneyland Resort Paris on a temporary assignment."

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    Re: Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club, was Fired

    Got that email myself. And, I saw something about a few DVC execs being shown the door, and the sales at Aulani being suspended because of some sales issues. So there is something more to the story.

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    Re: Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club, was Fired

    More details about the firings and the sales problems.

    Disney firings: Disney halts sales and fires executives amid financial issues with Hawaiian resort - OrlandoSentinel.com

    Financial issues with a new Walt Disney Co. resort scheduled to open this month in Hawaii prompted the company to suspend all time-share sales for the project and force out three executives, including the president of its Celebration-based time-share business, according to several people familiar with the events.

    Disney on Friday fired Jim Lewis, president of Disney Vacation Club, the company's time-share division. The company also dismissed Jim Heaney, senior vice president and chief financial officer of Disney Cruise Line and travel operations, and Lawrence Smith, a former director of finance for Disney Vacation Club who was most recently with food-and-beverage operations for Walt Disney World.

    The dismissals followed an internal investigation into problems surrounding Aulani, an estimated $850 million hotel and time share scheduled to open Aug. 29 on the Hawaiian island of Oahu. Plans call for the resort to have 460 Disney Vacation Club time shares and 359 conventional hotel rooms.

    Disney said Monday evening it had appointed Claire Bilby, a 23-year company veteran who had most recently been senior vice president of distribution marketing and Asia Pacific sales, to run its time-share business. Bilby's title will be senior vice president of Disney Vacation Club.

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    Re: Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club, was Fired

    Quote Originally Posted by jonyyeh View Post
    Was just going to post this. Seems annual dues were assessed too low for Aulani to be maintained.
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    Re: Jim Lewis, President of Disney Vacation Club, was Fired

    Any new updates on this? With Steve Jobs stepping down from APPLE, maybe a move to provide an "opening" within TWDC? Gotta wonder....
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