GLENDALE, Calif., Feb 28, 2007 (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Anne Gates has been appointed to the newly created position of executive vice president and managing director of Disney Consumer Products Europe, it was announced today by Andy Mooney, chairman, Disney Consumer Products (DCP). Gates will oversee all DCP merchandise licensing, retail, sales and marketing, and support functions for the region. Gates will also have coordinating responsibility for Disney Store, Europe to maximize the licensing business. She will report to Andy Mooney and will be based in London. "We are committed to providing families around the world with an unparalleled experience through an array of merchandise that extends Disney's magic into the home," said Mooney. "With her strong leadership and impressive accomplishments during her 15-year tenure with Disney, there is no better person than Anne to lead the region and realize our goals." As executive vice president and managing director, Gates will drive coordination within DCP and facilitate collaboration and decision making with other Disney businesses in the region. DCP maintains offices in virtually every country in Europe with regional headquarters in London.