Vice Chairman of the Board, Walt Disney Company/Chairman, Walt Disney Animation
Exec trivia: A record-setting yachtsman, Disney worked as an assistant film editor on the original “Dragnet” TV series and was nominated for an Oscar for writing the documentary short, “Mysteries of the Deep,” in 1959.
The basics: Nephew of Walt, son of co-founder Roy, he’s the only Disney still at Disney. He served the family biz for 25 years before temporarily departing between 1977-84. He returned to help rejuvenate the company’s animation fortunes. In particular, he was the driving force behind the company’s decision to re-visit one of its classics, with “Fantasia 2000.”
Rep: Disney’s temporary departure from the company spurred a series of management shakeups that led to Michael Eisner’s ascension. His consistent focus has revolved around preserving the company’s animated film tradition.
POV: “What I’m proudest of, what my biggest accomplishment is: to have been lucky enough to have worked with so many wonderful, amazing artists through all my years here. It’s really quite that simple.”