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Mouse knights Ball, Mehta senior veeps

The Walt Disney Co. has promoted John Ball and Salil Mehta to senior VPs of strategic planning and development.

Ball will be responsible for leading Disney’s corporate development and acquisitions across all lines of business, working closely with the company’s finance and legal teams.

Mehta will handle new online businesses that leverage Disney’s film, television and music assets. In this new position, he will work with the film studios and go.com, the organization composed of Disney’s Buena Vista Internet Group and Infoseek.

Mehta’s first priorities will be to develop Disney’s online music business and its strategies for distributing content on the Internet.

Ball played a key role in the merger of Starwave and Infoseek and recently proved pivotal in creating go.com.

Peter Murphy, exec VP and chief strategic officer, said: “John also supported the expansion of Radio Disney and ESPN’s cable properties and helped orchestrate the sale of the Capital Cities/ABC publishing businesses.”

Of Mehta, Murphy said: “Salil is a brilliant strategic thinker who has led Disney’s strategic planning activities for the studios and ABC businesses, including the international Disney Channel and ESPN initiatives and development of the Soap Channel, to debut next January.”

Prior to joining Disney, Mehta had worked for the Boston Consulting Group in New York.

Ball was director of corporate development and acquisitions for Dames and More, a worldwide engineering and environmental consulting firm.

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