Bob Iger Stepping Down, Bob Chapek New CEO

Vegas Disney Fan

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Iger was no dummy…he got out while the gettin’ was good so Bobby could take the fall for the B.S. that he had already put in motion and the COVID cleanup.
Chapek had been the chairman of parks and resorts since 2015, as such he’s responsible for everything that’s happening with the parks right now. Iger was certainly involved at the approval level but as Chairman Chapek was very likely the guy dreaming up all the “wonderful” changes we are experiencing now.
 

ElvisMickey

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Chapek had been the chairman of parks and resorts since 2015, as such he’s responsible for everything that’s happening with the parks right now. Iger was certainly involved at the approval level but as Chairman Chapek was very likely the guy dreaming up all the “wonderful” changes we are experiencing now.
Agreed, but I’m not talking about the parks. I’m talking about the direction this company decided to go in general…
 

IanDLBZF

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Chapek had been the chairman of parks and resorts since 2015, as such he’s responsible for everything that’s happening with the parks right now. Iger was certainly involved at the approval level but as Chairman Chapek was very likely the guy dreaming up all the “wonderful” changes we are experiencing now.
Add to this, he's been with Disney since 1993, in their Home Entertainment department and was partially responsible for the Disney Vault. Now that made folks mad.
 

ElvisMickey

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Chapek had been the chairman of parks and resorts since 2015, as such he’s responsible for everything that’s happening with the parks right now. Iger was certainly involved at the approval level but as Chairman Chapek was very likely the guy dreaming up all the “wonderful” changes we are experiencing now.
On a side note, I understand that Iger was fantastic for the company’s stock price, etc. But there’s been no creativity in this company since Eisner was at the helm. Iger bought PIXAR, Star Wars and Marvel…congrats on that. And outside of those acquisitions, all they did was release remake after remake. At least Eisner was creative and took original chances...
 
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GimpYancIent

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Chapek had been the chairman of parks and resorts since 2015, as such he’s responsible for everything that’s happening with the parks right now. Iger was certainly involved at the approval level but as Chairman Chapek was very likely the guy dreaming up all the “wonderful” changes we are experiencing now.
It was a team effort.
 

HauntedPirate

Park nostalgist
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On a side note, I understand that Iger was fantastic for the company’s stock price, etc. But there’s been no creativity in this company since Eisner was at the helm. Iger bought PIXAR, Star Wars and Marvel…congrats on that. And outside of those acquisitions, all they did was release remake after remake. At least Eisner was creative and took original chances...
Iger was creative! “More trees”. See? Pure creative genius right there.
 

moles.family.disney

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Being creative helps but I don’t think Iger needed to be Creative. He is a very clever businessman who has set up Disney for the next 100 years and I think we owe him a lot for that.

He could easily put more creative people in place for the parks but instead just decided to be cheap for Parks and Resorts
 

EPCOT-O.G.

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Reversing that position would be embarrassing for the board, people familiar with the company said. Plus, there’s no obvious internal candidate for the job, a significant factor for Disney, which tends to promote from within.
This is why Iger stayed on so long, and why he never cultivated a true successor. Also why Rice was suddenly fired. Walden better keep looking over her shoulder.
 

EPCOT-O.G.

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Then Iger didn’t set things up for success. Chapek has not been some radical departure. He’s doing a lot of the same but without the reality distortion field that has people fawning over him.
Iger played the game better publicly because he cultivated relationships in the media (Oprah, etc) and had a ruthless political operative as his communications guru.
 

JoeCamel

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Iger played the game better publicly because he cultivated relationships in the media (Oprah, etc) and had a ruthless political operative as his communications guru.
Iger was smarter to put those people around him, slappy not so much. How long did it take for Bob to get Zenia?
 
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Lilofan

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Iger played the game better publicly because he cultivated relationships in the media (Oprah, etc) and had a ruthless political operative as his communications guru.
Zenia did her PR role well. Defend and protect the brand and keep the dirty laundry from getting leaked to the public for the most part, except John Skipper former ESPN President whose cocaine dealer threatened to expose him. Iger then met with Skipper and forced him to resign.
 

moles.family.disney

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Then Iger didn’t set things up for success. Chapek has not been some radical departure. He’s doing a lot of the same but without the reality distortion field that has people fawning over him.

Iger rushed through the Fox deal before he went to make himself look even better. Whether it was worth the $70 odd billion I’m not sure but bringing in Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm was genius for the future of the company.

I also felt that if anything really bad was going to become public like the John Skipper debacle, Iger would stand up and deal with it himself. If Iger was still around I doubt there would have been the lawsuit from Scarlett Johansson or Di Santis, the disastrous move to Lake Nova and just the obvious mistakes being made.

Would the parks been any better, nope
 

EPCOT-O.G.

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Zenia did her PR role well. Defend and protect the brand and keep the dirty laundry from getting leaked to the public for the most part, except John Skipper former ESPN President whose cocaine dealer threatened to expose him. Iger then met with Skipper and forced him to resign.
Oh my comment was not a knock on her abilities. To the contrary, I think she was crucial in helping him navigate this role. Chapek needs a Zenia Mucha, or a wartime consigliere.
 

GimpYancIent

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Iger rushed through the Fox deal before he went to make himself look even better. Whether it was worth the $70 odd billion I’m not sure but bringing in Pixar, Marvel and Lucasfilm was genius for the future of the company.

I also felt that if anything really bad was going to become public like the John Skipper debacle, Iger would stand up and deal with it himself. If Iger was still around I doubt there would have been the lawsuit from Scarlett Johansson or Di Santis, the disastrous move to Lake Nova and just the obvious mistakes being made.

Would the parks been any better, nope
Meh. Bob #1 = a good businessperson that grew the organization BIGGER through acquisitions, a deal closer, that said not creative but keeping an eye on the bottom line. Bob #2 welllll = a greedy bean counter, terrible at public relations, not creative and actually irritating.
 

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