Did you know former Disney CEO Bob Iger began his media career as a weatherman? In 1973, the now renowned businessman was just starting his career in media and entertainment on a cable news station in New York, where he reported the weather each morning.
Iger was only 23 years old when he worked his short career as a weatherman, and while he did not excel in this field, especially compared to later areas of his tumultuous career, he took away fond enough memories of the experience for him to use this role as one of his last days “on the job” before retiring at the end of this month.
KABC, an ABC affiliate station in Los Angeles was happy to host Iger this morning as he unbeknownst to viewers filled in for regularly scheduled meteorologist Leslie Lopez. During the newscast, Iger may have initially come off as a bit on edge, at least compared to his usual media ready self when we have seen him in the Disney news realm, but he quickly settled back into the weatherman role and reported the weather with lots of smiles and enthusiasm.
Later in the day, Iger took to Twitter to share that he had fun on the job:
— Robert Iger (@RobertIger) December 9, 2021
Following his brief role as a local weatherman, Iger went on to join ABC in multiple senior management positions, eventually serving as president and chief operating officer of Capital Cities/ABC. While in this position, he was instrumental in guiding the merger between ABC and the Walt Disney Company. He later joined the Walt Disney Company in 1996 as Chairman of ABC group, and he became the president of Walt Disney International three years later. Iger became CEO of the Walt Disney Company in 2005, a position he held for 15 years before Bob Chapek became CEO in 2020. He is now 70 years old and plans to retire on December 31, 2021.