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Disney rejigs legal unit

Thompson, Nowak, Chapman, Southwick on the move

Completing a reorg of its legal eagles, the Walt Disney Co. on Tuesday announced the appointment of four deputy general counsels with distinct areas of responsibility.

Moves were unveiled by Alan Braverman, who replaced Lou Meisinger as Disney general counsel in January. Appointments are effective immediately:

  • David Thompson, who joined Disney in 1989 and most recently was senior VP-assistant general counsel, was named corporate secretary and senior vice prexy-deputy counsel for corporate matters.

  • Edward Nowak, an 18-year Mouseketeer and previously senior veep-assistant general counsel, was upped to senior VP-deputy counsel for litigation.

  • Brett Chapman, who joined Disney in 1991 and worked previously as general counsel at Walt Disney Intl., was promoted to senior vice president-deputy general counsel for media networks.

  • Terri Southwick, formerly an outside Disney attorney in Washington, D.C., was appointed senior VP-deputy general counsel for intellectual property matters.

“This new structure will streamline our operations and enhance the ability of the department to focus on key strategic initiatives,” Braverman said.