Disney denies report that Iger evaluation quashed
Reuters 1/26/06

Disney denies report that Iger evaluation quashed

NEW YORK, Jan 26 (Reuters) - Walt Disney Co. on Thursday denied a report that Chairman George Mitchell quashed a negative evaluation last year of then-Chief Operating Officer Robert Iger, while Disney was searching for a replacement for outgoing CEO Michael Eisner.

The newspaper, citing sources familiar with the matter, said the evaluation, conducted by executive search firm Heidrick & Struggles, was never brought to the board of directors.

A Disney spokeswoman called the New York Post report "categorically untrue."

At the time, the board was under pressure from dissident shareholders led by Roy Disney who claimed the search for Eisner's replacement was not thorough. Iger was ultimately named CEO and Roy Disney buried the hatchet with the company his uncle founded.
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