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Susan E Arnold becomes Disney’s first woman chairperson

She will succeed Robert A Iger, when he departs the company at the end of the year.

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Mumbai: In its 98-year history, the Walt Disney Company board of directors has elected Susan E Arnold as its first woman chairperson. Her appointment will be effective from 31 December.

Arnold, a 14-year member of the Disney board who has served as its independent lead director since 2018, will succeed Robert A Iger as chairperson of the board when he departs the company at the end of the year.

“Susan is an incredibly esteemed executive whose wealth of experience, unwavering integrity, and expert judgment have been invaluable to the Company since she first joined the Board in 2007,” said executive chairman and chairman of the board Robert A Iger. “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. It has been a distinct honour to work with Susan and our many other talented directors, and I am incredibly grateful for the support and wise counsel they have provided during my tenure.”

Arnold brings to her role extensive public-company board experience and in-depth knowledge of brand management and marketing, environmental sustainability, product and business development, international consumer markets, finance, and executive and risk management. She was formerly an operating executive of the equity investment firm The Carlyle Group, where she served from 2013 to 2021. Previously, she served at Procter & Gamble as president of global business units from 2007 to 2009. Prior to that at Procter & Gamble, Arnold was vice chair - Beauty & Health from 2006, vice chair - Beauty from 2004, and president - global personal beauty care & global feminine care from 2002. She was a McDonald’s Corp director from 2008 to 2016, and NBTY Inc director from 2013 to 2017.

“On behalf of the board, I would like to express my deepest gratitude to Bob Iger for his extraordinary leadership over the past decade-and-a-half,” said Arnold. “Bob has led Disney to amazing heights both creatively and financially, with his clear strategic vision for delivering high-quality branded storytelling, embracing cutting-edge technology, and expanding internationally, and he’s left an indelible mark on The Walt Disney Company that will be felt for generations to come. As I step into this new role as chairman of the board, I look forward to continuing to serve the long-term interests of Disney’s shareholders and working closely with CEO Bob Chapek as he builds upon the company’s century-long legacy of creative excellence and innovation.”

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