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Susan Arnold to Replace Bob Iger as Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company

Bob Iger, current Chairman of the Board of the Walt Disney Company, previously announced that he would be concluding his career with the Walt Disney Company at the end of this year, and Disney has just announced that Susan Arnold will be taking over this position immediately following his departure.

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Iger began his career with Disney as President of ABC, and later became chairman of the ABC Group and President of Walt Disney International. He went on to become CEO of the Walt Disney Company in 2005, replacing then CEO Michael Eisner, and then took on the additional role of chairman of the board in 2012, which he has held since stepping down as CEO and passing the position on to current CEO Bob Chapek last year.

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Arnold has been on the Disney board for a number of years, in fact, she is currently the longest serving board member in the Walt Disney Company with all of the other current directors joining between 2016 and 2021. She has also served as a board member for NBTY and McDonalds Corp. Additionally, her past experience includes roles at The Carlyle Group investment firm and Procter & Gamble.

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In a recent press release, Iger shared his confidence in Arnold by stating, “Having most recently served as independent lead director, Susan is the perfect choice for chairman of the board, and I am confident the company is well-positioned for continued success under her guidance and leadership.”

There have been lots of leadership changes recently within the Walt Disney Company, and with the latest change, Arnold will begin her work in this position on Iger’s official last day with the Walt Disney Company on December 31, 2021.

We will keep you updated here on Disney Fanatic as we learn more about Arnold in her new role.

About Brittany DiCologero

Brittany is a New England-based writer focused on the history of the Walt Disney World Resort. She is the author of "Red, White, and Disney: The Myths and Reality of American History at the Walt Disney World Resort," and "Brittany Earns Her Ears."