Restructuring brings Imagineering closer to operations
The Walt Disney Co. has reorganized its Walt Disney Attractions division, which will now include Disneyland Paris, Disney Regional Entertainment and Walt Disney Imagineering operations, as well.The group originally encompassed Disneyland, Walt Disney World and Tokyo Disneyland. Additionally, Judson Green, who has been prexy of Walt Disney Attractions since 1991, has been upped to chairman of the division. Green will focus on long-term growth with specific emphasis on international expansions, including China. Green replaces Richard A. Nunis, who is retiring after a 43-year career with Disney, but who will continue as a consultant on theme parks and resorts. Disneyland prexy Paul Pressler has been named the division’s new prexy. Pressler will be responsible for the ongoing operations of the individual units. A soon-to-be-named Disneyland prexy will also report to Pressler. “Judson and Paul together form a strong partnership,” said Disney chairman and CEO Michael D. Eisner. “With Judson fo-cusing on our future strategic direction and Paul on the operating units, we have put together the ideal team to lead us into the twenty-first century.” Green and Pressler will report to Eisner. According to Eisner, the reorganization will bring Imagineering, the people who design, create, develop and build Disney theme parks, hotels and other venues, closer to the operating unit people who actually run the parks and resorts and Disney entertainment venues such as Disney Cruise Line, Club Disney, DisneyQuest, and ESPN Zone. Nunis joined Disney in 1955, the year Disneyland opened. He became chairman in 1991. Green joined Disney in 1981 and has served in several capacities including veep of finance and planning for the Walt Disney World Resort and chief financial officer of Euro Disneyland SCA, now Disneyland Paris. Pressler joined Disney in 1987 as veep of Disney Licensing, and became senior veep of Disney Consumer Products before becoming executive veep and general manager of the Disney Store. As prexy of the Disney Store Worldwide, he was responsible for the operation, business strategy and expansion, increasing the number of worldwide stores from 160 to 335. Pressler was veep of marketing and design for Kenner-Parker Toys before joining Disney.