NORTH HOLLYWOOD, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--May 15, 2006--Paul Yanover, a 12-year Disney veteran and current head of Walt Disney Parks and Resorts Online (WDPRO), has been named executive vice president and managing director of Disney Online (DOL), the business unit of the Walt Disney Internet Group (WDIG) that produces the top entertainment destination for kids and families on the World Wide Web. The appointment was announced today by WDIG President Steve Wadsworth and is effective immediately.
"Paul has been a driving force in digital media within our company for more than a decade, most recently with our Parks & Resorts group, building its website portfolio into a substantial e-commerce business," said Wadsworth. "I've worked closely with him for the past three years and know he brings a strong vision that will take our business to the next level during this time of great opportunity for Disney Online, when more and more consumers are turning to the Internet as a key source of entertainment."
In his new capacity, Yanover will assume responsibility for all of DOL's strategic, creative, technical and marketing initiatives surrounding the presence of the Disney brand on the Internet, including: flagship site www.disney.com
, which will undergo a major redesign and strategic development initiative over the next several years; DOL's acclaimed suite of premium broadband products including online games; a large portfolio of divisional Web sites for The Walt Disney Company (TWDC); and Web sites www.familyfun.com