Mouse’s Cooke to Getty

Exec named veep of external affairs

John Cooke has been named the J. Paul Getty Trust’s executive vice president of external affairs.

Cooke comes from the Walt Disney Co., where he served as exec veep of corporate affairs among various other capacities over the past 15 years.

Cooke will assume his new position early next year, after he completes his Disney responsibilities and the Mouse House finds a replacement for him.

In his new post, the exec will be responsible for establishing and maintaining all business relationships, including partnerships between the Getty and other cultural and corporate institutions locally, nationally and internationally.

He will report directly to Barry Munitz, prexy and CEO of the J. Paul Getty Trust.

Disney topper Michael Eisner said: “John is a talented executive who understands how to build strong and lasting relationships; he is perfectly suited for his new role at the Getty. We hate to lose him, but we understand fully that his commitment to education and to the arts makes this a most natural next chapter for his career.”

As exec veep of corporate affairs at Disney, Cooke oversaw the Mouse House’s alliances with such corporations as GM, Coca-Cola, AT&T, American Express and Nestle.

Cooke was also involved with Disney’s governmental and community relationships, as well as its educational, cable-related and new-media activities.

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