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Disney’s Iger named CEO of ’06

Award will be presented at a ceremony hosted by MarketWatch, Dow Jones editors

MarketWatch.com Monday named Walt Disney chief Robert Iger its CEO of the Year for 2006.

The financial news and information site, which is owned by Dow Jones & Co., said it selected Iger based on four metrics: performance for customers, shareholders and employees, and corporate governance initiatives.

He was chosen from a field of five candidates including Ginger Graham of Amylin Pharmaceuticals, Lawrence Kellner of Continental Airlines, Steve Sanger of General Mills and Jeffrey Sprecher of Intercontinental Exchange.

“Bob Iger stood above the rest. Not just for how he helped boost Disney’s share price after several tough years, but for how he mended fences with dissident partners, reformed the management culture and presided over the $7 billion buyout of Pixar, which arguably returned Disney to its animation roots,” said Marketwatch.com editor-in-chief David Callaway.

Iger took Disney’s helm in October 2005.

His award will be presented at a ceremony hosted by MarketWatch and Dow Jones editors and execs early next year.

Past winners include Meg Whitman of eBay, Raymond Mason of Legg Mason and Ed Zander of Motorola.