Today, Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Bob Chapek announced new leaders for both Disneyland Resort and Walt Disney World Resort. Effective in November, Josh D’Amaro, who previously led Disneyland Resort, will take on a new role as president, Walt Disney World Resort and Rebecca Campbell, who comes to Anaheim with 20-plus years of Walt Disney Company experience, will take over at Disneyland Resort.
- George A. Kalogridis, who has led Walt Disney World Resort since 2013, will take on a new role as President, Disney Segment Development and Enrichment
- In this new position, he will be responsible for developing strategic and operational business initiatives while developing and scaling best practices across sites and lines of business.
- He will also lead the Disney Institute, and serve as strategic advisor to park operators, leveraging his nearly 50 years of experience to help address challenges and pursue opportunities.
- Josh D’Amaro comes to Walt Disney World Resort after serving as president of Disneyland Resort since March of 2018, where he delivered record-setting results and oversaw significant investment, including the successful opening of the resort’s largest land expansion, Star Wars: Galaxy’s Edge.
- During his tenure, D’Amaro led a Cast-first culture, making significant investments in everything from wages and a free education program for hourly cast, to a $10 million child care assistance program for all Cast Members.
- Prior to his Disneyland role, D’Amaro held senior positions at Walt Disney World, including senior vice president overseeing marketing strategy, sales, and business development.
- He also served as senior vice president, Resorts and Transportation, and vice president of Disney’s Animal Kingdom park.
- He took to his Instagram account to say goodbye to Disneyland Resort and welcome Campbell:
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It is with mixed emotions that I will be leaving the Disneyland Resort and accepting the role as president of the Walt Disney World Resort in Orlando. I cannot express how magical this experience has been. But of all of the things … it is the people I will miss most of all. The amazing Cast… our wonderful Guests… and our incredible passholders. It truly takes people to make the dream a reality. Magic has a name. It is ALL of you. I'll be around for a few more weeks. Please give Rebecca Campbell, the incoming Disneyland Resort president, a warm welcome. I can't wait for her to meet all of you. #Magichasaname #HappiestPlaceOnEarth #ThankYou #DLR #WDW
- Campbell will relocate to Southern California from London, where she served as president, Europe, Middle East and Africa for The Walt Disney Company’s Direct-to-Consumer & International segment.
- In this role, Campbell was accountable for Disney’s media and motion picture operations across the region.
- In addition to these changes, Michael Colglazier, who leads Disney parks and resorts in Asia, will add Disneyland Paris to his portfolio and take on a new role, president and managing director, Disney Parks International.
What they’re saying:
- Chairman of Disney Parks, Experiences and Products Bob Chapek: “This is one of the most exciting times in the history of Disney parks, and I am thrilled that these dynamic leaders will be at the helm of Disneyland and Walt Disney World during this period of unprecedented expansion. Josh and Rebecca bring broad-based experience, enthusiasm, and a keen understanding of the importance of the Disney Difference to our Guests. George’s 48 years of experience put him in a perfect position to share best practices across the organization, and serve as a key advisor to leadership.”
- Josh D’Amaro: “I have been incredibly honored to lead the Disneyland Resort, and humbled to work alongside our amazing Cast Members. From the moment I arrived in Orange County, I felt welcomed and proud to engage with this community. Over the past two years, we’ve worked hard to ensure that Disneyland is a great place for our Guests to visit and for our Cast to work. At the same, the Walt Disney World Resort is undergoing one of its most significant transformations in its history. My ties to the Cast of the Walt Disney World Resort and to the Central Florida community run deep, and I look forward to rejoining the team.”
- Rebecca Campbell: “As a lifelong fan of Disney parks, I am thrilled for the opportunity to lead the Disneyland Resort. I can’t wait to work closely with my fellow Cast Members to continue to deliver great experiences for our millions of guests, and to ensure that the Disneyland Resort remains a great place to work and is a leading community partner in Anaheim and Orange County. This is a period of incredible investment in the Disneyland Resort, and I am excited to help bring more of the world’s favorite stories from Disney, Pixar, Marvel and Star Wars to life for our Guests.”