McDonald and Chang were elected to the board on Thursday, Disney said. The 10 existing members of the board were reelected to new terms in March at Disney’s annual shareholders meeting.
“Amy Chang and Calvin McDonald are highly-respected leaders with a deep understanding of the nexus between technology and the consumer experience, and we are excited to have them join the Disney board,” said Robert Iger, executive chairman of Disney and the company’s board chairman. “Ms. Chang brings vast expertise in the tech industry, where her developments in machine learning and artificial intelligence have enabled companies to improve collaboration and gain deeper consumer insights. And Mr. McDonald has a wealth of experience in scaling brand-name retailers like Lululemon through innovation, finding new ways to connect with consumers across digital channels, in stores and at home.”
McDonald joined apparel company Lululemon in 2018 as CEO. Before that he was CEO of Sephora Americas and CEO of Sears Canada.
McDonald called Disney “an amazing organization that continually sets the standard worldwide for innovation, creativity, and bringing people together.”
Chang was previously head of Cisco’s videoconferencing division, which she led after the tech giant acquired Chang’s AI firm Accompany. Before that she served as global head of product for Google Ads Measurement. At present Chang works as an advisor to numerous companies including Cisco and Hubspot.
“With all the momentum and innovation within the company across every part of the consumer experience, I can’t wait to watch this next generation of stories and experiences come to life,” Chang said.
(Pictured: Amy Chang and Calvin McDonald)