Disney has announced that Bob Iger will be stepping down as CEO in 2015. As part of a succession plan, he will take on the additional role of Chairman of the Board through June of 2016. A successor has not yet been named.
While not shocking news, it is remarkable to see a Disney CEO stepping down in a civilized way at the top of his game rather than being forced out in some sort of family led revolt.
The succession plan leaves plenty of time for the company to evaluate potential candidates. The political heat within the walls of the Walt Disney Company is likely to ratchet up considerably as potential replacements jockey for position within the company. It should be an interesting few years.
The short list of potential CEO candidates most likely holds current CFO and former head of Parks and Resort, Jay Rasulo; current head of Parks and Resorts and former CFO, Tom Staggs; and PIXAR heavyweight and Disney creative head, John Lasseter.
Here's a link to an ABC News article about the upcoming change at Disney.
How would you like to see the company restructured in preparation for this big shift in power, and whom would you ultimately like to see on top of the organization?