President/COO, The Walt Disney Company
Exec trivia: Iger launched his career as an ABC studio supervisor.
The basics: Iger has risen to Disney’s No. 2 spot, and is considered Eisner’s eventual successor. He engineered that rise through the broadcast ranks, building his career at ABC, where he eventually became the network’s sports chief, then programming chief, then prexy of ABC Entertainment, and later, president/COO of Capital Cities/ABC. He was reportedly a central figure in guiding ABC to its merger with the Walt Disney Co. in 1996, taking over Disney’s international arm after that, and finally, in 2000, Eisner made him Disney’s president/COO.
Rep: Some critics call Iger a “corporate” guy, while supporters refer to him as a highly effective manager. He has an extremely close relationship with Eisner — some call it more of a partnership. His future may hinge on ABC’s success, as he remains intimately involved in trying to boost the Alphabet’s fortunes.
Company line: “The Disney Studios’ success must be attributed to more than just one factor. It is the result of incomparable leadership, smart business practices, sound fiscal responsibility, and unparalled creativity. The studio is reaping the well-deserved rewards of its efforts, and is poised to continue this fantastic track record into next year and beyond.”